“Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.” – Meg Cabot
I don’t normally post on Sunday. But the events of my life of late have put me in a contemplative mood. And in a mood to share.
Real life has been a rollercoaster – filled with amazing highs, and heart wrenching lows – sometimes within the span of minutes. My writing life has been very much the same. And it’s all made me think about this journey so many of us find ourselves on…and the questions I know we ask ourselves.
- Can I really do this?
- Is it worth it?
- Am I good enough, talented enough, brave enough…etc
The questions are endless at times, as we find pieces of our confidence scattered around us. We push through those dark times, and soon feel incredible joy – joy about our writing, or where we are on our journey.
And soon, as life so often does, we find ourselves angsting over something yet again.
It is a cycle – a perpetual rollercoaster of highs and lows. It is…
It takes courage to face this journey. Courage to continuously write our words, reshape them, critique them, and reshape them again. Courage to subject them to the world for review. Courage to take the feedback and listen to the heart of the story.
Courage to follow this dream – this muse.
But as Meg Cabot so beautifully said in the quote above – this is the space of dreams. The place between who we think we are and who we will become.
So, no matter how difficult the journey – no matter how it stretches me – I cannot imagine taking any other path.
How about you?