Never Stop Chasing Your Dreams
I get letters from time to time asking me about how I started a writing regimen. The goal, of course, is to find your niche and make writing a lifestyle. Being a writer has always been my dream, but I haven’t always had the time and support to pursue it. This is why I have great admiration for those who dare to awaken the ache that is never far from their hearts - the ache to achieve their dreams. It is inspiring to see someone in twilight as they gush about their aspirations, and it is a tragedy when it’s crushed by the negativity or doubt of those in which they confide.
As children, our dream factory runs at 100%, we truly believe we can do whatever we set our minds to. Walking on the moon? Definitely an option. Becoming the first woman President of the United States? Seems achievable. When little boys and girls profess their desires to become an astronaut, firefighter, soldier, or a neuro surgeon, we applaud them - but when they say they want to be a writer, an artist, or an actor, we look at them with a twinge of sympathy. I can say from experience that the moments following such an announcement are awkward, silent, and you are looked at like you’re crazy.
I admit, if one of my boys announced their plans to be a “world famous actor”, I would be very concerned (especially since my youngest is 17 and can’t act). However, if he came up with a solid plan “A” that could make him a living while he took lessons, I would be in his corner. As writers, we should be happy - thrilled even - to make any amount of money from our work. For the majority of us, writing usually doesn’t take precedence to whatever’s a little more full-time and better paying. I know that there aren’t a lot of jobs that’ll get you on the New York Times Best Seller’s List, but you’ll be able to get your kids braces and pay the bills. The trick, though, is never losing grip of the dreams you once aspired to achieve - no matter what anyone says or how impossible they may seem.
I’ve never understood why one would want another to fail. Why parents shame their children from pursuing what they believe would make them happy. Parents - I urge you to support your children and make sure they know that they should never stop chasing their ambitions. We all have fantasies of greatness and opulence as children; whether or not they come true does not determine your success - it’s whether or not you tried with every fiber of your being. I am thankful I can say I’ve tried, but I am more grateful that this is just the beginning.
Have a great day. Let’s talk tomorrow, I will bring the coffee. Ruth