I’m beginning to lose patience for people who “want to do things”. I think having dreams and goals is good for a person, but a lot of people in my life have recently adopted a defeatist attitude. Usually the invisible ending to “I want to that-”, or “I wish I could do that-”, or “I’d like to do that-” is “-but I can’t.”
Yes, you can. I fill up my days so that I am busy every day of the week (or near enough). From sports to video games, to creative writing labs, I don’t leave myself a lot of down time. There is very little time spent on a couch flipping through channels filled with junk. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll make time for Fringe, Good Eats, or the Daily Show but I don’t sit down to watch tv with nothing in mind. I’m not looking for a pat on the back. I don’t need it- I’m busy!
The same people who have been telling me they “want to do things” also call me lucky. Luck has very little to do with it. I put together most of the events. I plan the things that I want to do, and here is the key part-then I do them. I would say that the only lucky part of my life is being open to opportunities that presented themselves. I would never have started playing Thursday night foursquare (yes with the red rubber ball) if I hadn’t of accepted the random invitation by a stranger in an English class.
How does this relate to you?
Don’t “want to be a writer”- Be a writer! Do it!
I am being one hundred percent serious. Quit pining for it and start making aggressive stabs at it. I’ve found that a disappointing number of people have not seen the OT Star Wars and this quote from The Empire Strikes Back will go over their heads. Oh well.
“Do or do not, there is not try.” (-Yoda)
What isn’t said, is that it is ok to fail. Your finished project can be a failure and still be valuable. Failures give you experience and perspective. Most successful people don’t do great at their first attempt, it takes many frustrating attempts for them to learn what they need to know.
“Failure is the stepping stone to greatness.” (Attributed to Oprah)
Ficly is my failing grounds and that is not a slight against any author or story on here. I came here looking to forge myself into writer, to find my voice, and to experiment with different styles. I am not happy with every single one of my stories here but I know that with each story behind me I am becoming the person I want to be.
I invite you to do the same.