This last year my sister started a blog and with her first words she stated my own misgivings perfectly.
“So apparently just sitting here trying to write this is bringing up some of my issues. Self-esteem issues. I’ve been here about 2 hours, rewritten the first line about 100 times, and consumed about half a bag of peanut butter m&ms.
“I think about people reading this and it ties my stomach all up in knots. But then I also think about the possibility that no one will ever read this, and I wanna cry. Option 2 seems much more likely to me. Why on earth would anyone care to read anything that I have to say?” (leslierohman.wordpress.com)
Such doubts plague my own thoughts but this is a venture I feel I need to try. If I want to be a writer, I need to get through my head the scary idea of others reading my writing.
In two instances this last week, I’ve heard these words:
“Without hope we perish.”
“Without vision, we perish.”
These words resonated with me so much that I can’t get them out of my head. My dream, or vision, is to write, and a blog, though not the full-blown vision of becoming a novelist, is one step closer to my dream. So here’s to hope and a change in mindset. Here’s to focusing on what I can do and hoping it works instead of letting my doubts paralyze me before I’ve even started.
I may consume a bag of york peppermint patties instead of m&ms but I will try and deal with my doubts in the process.
What is your dream and what obstacles stand in the way? What small step can you take today to overcome those obstacles?