Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Achieving Your Dream


-Believe in yourself, and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle-

At one time in our lives or another, there was that person who said " You'll never make it." 
We had a dream and they said it would fail. 

For me, this event occurred when I was about 12 years old. I had written a book called Hannah's Hope. (An amateur sketch of the Great Depression through the eyes of a 14 year old girl, Hannah.) The was the first book ever, that I had attempted, and as you can imagine, it was quite an inexpert piece, which I now laugh at, or more realistically, blush over its stupidity.  I had given my first draft to about three older ladies in my life who I respected to read through, and edit.  I eventually got together with one of them, we sat down over tea and she told me what she thought of my book.  What she told me scarred my life for a long time afterwards. She wasn't mean, but I wouldn't say she was nice about it either.  This certain lady was very well read in classic literature, and as you can imagine, she didn't know how to react to a 12 year olds childish, daydream of becoming a "best selling author".  I can't remember a lot about what she said, but I do remember that at one point in our conversation she compared my book to Utopia by Thomas More... Now that I am older and I know what that book is, my feelings are still quite hurt, considering the fact that my book was quite a ways below the status of that certain novel written about political philosophy in the 15th century. Honestly I don't even remember where she even went with that comparison, but I do remember after she left I was quite discouraged as I sat on the couch looking down at my 100 paged idea of a book in my hands. At that moment I just gave up. There was no hope of me becoming a writer of any kind at all. 

Then I got to the point where I woke up on day and I just decided that I wasn't going to let that experience define me or my writing.  And I didn't.  I made a promise to myself that I was going to forget what that lady ever said, put it behind me and I was going to put more effort into writing whether it be another book, essays or whatever. But, this didn't happen over night. It took me two long years of encouragement from my mom for me to realize this. So I picked short stories to pursue first, and I used that bad experience to propel me forward to achieve success. Those short stories have lead me to writing more. I've attempted poetry, essays and even got up the courage to start a blog and put my writing out for the world to see. I haven't started another book, yet, but thats my next goal. 

I promise you this has happened to everyone. Our parents, our teachers, our friends. 
We can either let the experience defeat us or we can learn something from it and let it push us forward. What I learned from my experience was how if felt to be treated like a "little kid." So whenever I am put in a position where I have to lead someone else that may not know as much as me on a certain subject, I try to connect with them and make them feel good about themselves, because I remember what it felt like to be 13 and to have someone tell you that you are an amateur. 
So, do what others say you can't do. Be confident, and achieve those things with grace and humility to show others that you can, and you will. Be that person who never gives up on their dreams, whatever they are. Try again, believe in yourself and go for it. 


8 comments:

  1. Dang girl...That was awesome! Slaaaayyyy :)

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  2. wow... that was like really well written!
    Don't ever give up in anything!

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  3. oh my word...girl..urgh, sometimes I don't understand how people can be so heartless!!! :P

    gotta go write a poem on this....

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  4. I love you. I love you. I was told my writing was bad from the start and from there I was always a little a lot hesitant of what I write. Senior year changed the game. I had a great teacher who I had junior year and I wrote to get better. I WROTE AND WROTE and now I am confident in my writing. I am thankful.

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  5. That must have been so disappointing! I'm glad you've regained the courage over the years, because your voice is important and needed. Keep going for it! And thanks for the encouragement for us to do the same. :) xx

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  6. Thank you for sharing this super encouraging post!

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  7. Criticism is hard, but as writers, it's something that comes with the job and we just have to receive it with a grain of salt. I never started off writing perfectly, either-- the plot holes are real. But it's one of those things that if we get flung down, we get back up, and I'm so blessed to have been able to read a post written by someone who has undergone the same ordeal as I have-- thank you.

    xoxo Morning

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