I found it somewhat ironic that it did nothing but rain and snow today. Two forms of precipitation falling mere inches OUTSIDE my door and nothing I can do to get water INSIDE my house. But that's okay because I'm learning to dance in the rain. To see all that life throws at me as just one more thing to lift me up and push me forward in that never-ending goal of becoming the best writer I can.
There are a lot of detours out there. Things to temp me and persuade me that perhaps just a little bit of work is enough. That a few failed attempts at becoming a published author is enough to say that at least I tried. Motivation is an easy thing to come by. Just ask someone on their first day on a new diet. Or someone starting a new exercise routine. Motivation can even get a writer through that first draft. But what about later?
What about courage? To honestly see the flaws in one's writing and strive to better the skills needed to write great works of art? To believe in oneself when others may not? To send out a manuscript for weeks, months, maybe even years in that search for someone to say they want to publish it? Bravery demands writers remain strong, knowing that the gift they cultivate today may bring others great joy tomorrow.
I will admit perseverance was a huge challenge for me this week. To start the week with such high hopes, only to end it being tossed around by life's raging storms while it does everything it can to destroy me. I am battered but not broken. I have not taken my eyes from my goal and I simply wait for the rains to pass. I will reach my destination in due time.
What about you? What ties you down as a writer? What misconceptions hold you back from being the inspiring writer the world waits for? Are your shackles of your own making? If so, release yourself from the bonds that hold you and set your writing spirit free. Don't hide behind what could have been or what should have been until you are derailed by regrets best forgotten.
I see in this writing community so many stories ready to take flight. Creations born of love and passion all writers have for the written word. So let your words soar. Send them out into the world to find a new resting place in the hearts of others. For myself, I was born to write and nothing will stand in my way of that goal.
I will learn to dance in the rain and I will only give up when pigs...well, you know...