“Don’t let the sun go down on your dream unless you choose to be a star.” I received this motivational spill about 6 years ago after entering a fiction writing contest, with high hopes on winning the competition.
Needless to say, I did not win the coveted award. Okay, so I received the rejected piece via snail mail- yes, snail mail back in the day was the new black, anyway…
The editor had written that dream analogy, along with a big ole a smiley face, with “you are an excellent writer” written underneath the smiling face… Hmmm, of course, writers have a tendency to knock themselves over the head with all sorts of negatives flying full speed ahead and this was no different.
I wasn’t getting it! This editor tells me not to give up on my dreams and that I’m a great writer, but still, rejects my precious child!? At the time, I just didn’t get it and felt like a failure. I never tried reworking the piece and sending it out again. Because I’ve grown as the years pass, I’ve learned that rejection in any form or faction sucks. I’ve also learned in my own infinite wisdom- that it’s still ok.
It doesn’t matter what you set out to accomplish in life, it matters that you accomplish something! I’m an accomplished nurse, women’s advocate & mentor. I’ve accomplished being a good mom; lover and friend; sister and daughter…I’m an accomplished writer:) Wow, it feels good to hear myself write those words. I’m a writer because I live the dream.
Don’t give up on your aspirations or play yourself small when it comes to living from your place of truth. Trust yourself and dare to live your dream…
Clara Freeman is a freelance writer, author of the self-help ebook :
A Life Toward Authenticity- My Authentic Woman Story.
Visit her motivational website for women.