The Writer’s Wheel 4/26/2020: Never Stop Dreaming!
Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that often gets us down: dreaming about something we wish to do/accomplish. We go along so happy and excited about reaching goals only to get discouraged by the ups and downs of things. It happens to everyone. Don’t let it get you down. We have only to let the clouds part and the sunshine through.
Do you have a dream you wish to catch but gave up on? Have you let life push you of course of what you wanted to be? Time to dust off those dreams and find out if you still want to do them. Sometimes dreams do have a way of falling through. Hey, I wanted to own a horse farm and racehorses and show horses way back when I was seventeen. I was crazy about horses. Still am. But at my age, it’s hard to get back in the saddle. I long to but I realize that so much time has passed. So, I started to figure new dreams. Only the writing caught on. It sustained me through the years.
Taking Grip of Those New Dreams.
If you love something, try not to let other things get in the way of it. I put my writing aside when I married because the man, I was with couldn’t handle sharing me with it. Along came kids and I focused on raising them. At the same time, my abusive marriage spun out of control and I walked away from that past. Slowly, slowly I managed to catch hold of the writing again. It brought me through the dark years and, along with my faith, healed my soul. I’m not saying it’s not worthy to commit to your marriage or children, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of something that makes you happy. Or at least, find a way to make it work. Plenty do.
When You’ve Lost Your Way Again.
Again, it happens. Other dreams become more important. A shift happens. Supporting yourself at something you love often takes an outer job as well. There is money in writing but often for a select few at the upper tiers. Use it to supplement what you’re already doing. No one says you have to write every minute. Taking fifteen minutes a day could grow into a nice pocket of submissions whether short story, poem, novella, or novel length. However, this isn’t just about writing. Anything you’ve always wanted to do counts. Try it again. Pick up that paintbrush. Select that ceramic or whittle that tree. It’s all about you.
When you reach that hill, go on to the next, and the next. When you’ve gone as far as you can, pick another dream and climb with that in mind. This isn’t about just one dream. It can be dozens or more. Reach out for what you want to do. Seize the opportunity. We have some down time at the moment. That won’t always be there. Before it ends, decide to start something. Or restart it. No matter where you are with things, there’s always another opportunity to begin again. That goes with everything in life. Don’t let failures keep you down. Lift your head up, smile, and try again. Golden opportunities come along once in a lifetime. Don’t miss your chance to succeed.
I know that I’m not where I want to be with writing but that doesn’t stop me. I will succeed someday. However, one more point: don’t tear down someone else’s dreams. We all deserve a chance to go after them and learn on our own whether or not they work for us. Writing fuels me. Sometimes when things like a crisis hit, we can forget that. But we can always pick up the challenge again. Have a great week, take care, and God bless!
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