I adore profoundly simple words of wisdom like Wherever You Go, There You are. For me, this statement, though quite elementary, sings JOURNEY. Webster defines journey as something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another <the journey from youth to maturity> <a journey through time>. Now we’re talking! Who doesn’t like a journey, an exploration, or a quest? What about discovering what’s on the other side of that wall?
My inspirational writing journey started eight years ago. I was inspired. An intriguing tale settled in my soul and took root. I hesitated at first then spent a few months dancing with doubt. I was a forty-something empty nester with a full life. Why would I be drawn to something I knew nothing about? Soon the desire to write my story became unquenchable. I had to try. Timid and naïve, I took a leap of faith and embarked on a new journey. After eight years of countless workshops, writing classes, critiques, edits, rewrites, conferences, meetings, rejections, and hard work, my book is graduating from “draft” to “published”. But this isn’t about a shameless plug for POWERLESS CONSENT. It’s about following your heart’s desire even if it means stepping onto a new path. Don’t let fear, doubt, or an unwillingness to learn keep you from growing. Passion sometimes blossoms from unlikely sources.
Challenge youself to try something new and different before 2012 comes to a close. Who knows, where you end up may be better than where you are.