The Next 1000 Miles

What Am I Doing?

Over the summer, I have been attempting to find my way (author-wise) and in the midst of doing so I realized something. I can be better. Falling back on the notion of “why does nobody like my book?” first has me over-analyzing my abilities. And anyone who knows me is fully aware of my pension toward self-deprecation. Well, as a method to improve, I’ve come to the hard conclusion to truly take a look at myself.

For all the good things I’m capable of accomplishing, I get hung up on the little things no one else could possibly see and if affects my everything as a writer. I see people who have lots of fans, lots of books, opportunities opening up for them and, truthfully, I get jealous. Then I have to actually look at why. Long story short, I’ve been lazy. Those people we see and love following the careers of aren’t busy moping and whining and begging. They’re hustling and trying and having fun with the experience. Me, I’ve been rushing to popularity for no real good reason. Because I thought a good story equaled recognition.

After today, I fully plan on enjoying this part of my life. No expectations and no excuses. No more waiting for something good to come to me. I have to work for the goals I want, we all do. And the more and more I approach it with half-hearted effort and expecting it to come to me, well, that’s about the same thought as throwing a ball into the forest and complaining when it doesn’t roll back.

There’s a reason they call it chasing your dreams. Now, if you’re like me, get off your ass and start running.



 

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Journey of 1000 Miles

Mile 3 / 1,000

Tell me if this is familiar… The more you want something, the more difficult it is. I’ve seen this through friendships, relationships, goals and efforts. I believe there is a fine, invisible line out there where balance lies.

The more you want someone’s attention, the less they give it. The more you want to get to the top, the more you see others getting there first. The harder you try to win, the more likely you are to lose. What’s this tell us? Not try? Sorry, but not trying doesn’t get you anything except more work or even more heartache.

Just live. Let that be your mantra. Enjoy life while striving toward the thing(s) you want. If you don’t get it, guess what? It’s not the only thing out there. It has never been a choice of A or B, there is a whole alphabet behind those suckers and if those dry up, we’ll dive into numbers.

Just live. Live the life you have around you. As bad as it may seem at a given time, here is the proverbial light being switched on for you. Because the only person who can change that is the same person reading this. Yup, … you.

Just live. Be the best version of you. Not the one you think will make you happy, the one that actually does make you happy. Your happiness will filter out and down to your family, friends and anyone around you. Seeing your happiness could inspire others. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take yours today.