Sometimes, it just takes one. One true fan asks a question and starts a chain reaction. Over the years, I’ve had periods when writing was easy and fun and plentiful. Then I have those seasons when the cares of work and life keep me from pursuing that passion.
However, it’s always been there, lurking in the back of my mind. Sometimes I feel guilty that I’m not writing more. Then I think of the two novels that are more than half way completed and need to be finished. If only there was enough time…
Then one true fan chimes in and says, when are you going to pursue this seriously. When are you going to make the leap? When are you going to follow your dream and take a risk?
Phil Cooke, in his book Jolt recalls a scene from the movie Up In The Air:
“In a powerful scene where he and a new assistant are firing an aging middle manager, Clooney’s character notices on the manager’s resume that he had been trained as a French chef. As the angry manager despairs over losing his job and having to face his wife and kids, Clooney reminds him of his original dream. He asks a remarkable question, the essence of which is, “Back when you started, how much did it take to buy you away from your dream?”
It is a compelling scene as the middle manager thinks back to the time he exchanged a steady paycheck for what he really wanted to do with his life. Now, decades later, he realizes the devastating impact of settling for second best.” ~From Phil Cooke’s Blog
How much are you being paid to give up on your dreams? It’s not enough. You only get 1 ride on this pebble, make it a good one. Find your dream, find one true fan, and do something remarkable.
Carry on, Citzens!