Recently, my friend Janet suggested that I read a book called Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It is the first in a wildly popular series that is a unique combination of history, romance, intrigue, adventure, and even some science fiction (in the form of time travel).
I loved it.
I finished the 640 page novel in two weeks and am already into the second book in the series.
I was intrigued by the author, so I checked out her YouTube channel and listened as she talked about her writing process. She shared that she had always wanted to write a novel since she was 8 years old.
Several years later, she just decided to begin. The time was hardly ideal: her husband had just started a new business, she had a full time job as a college professor, and her children were small.
She seized the one time of day where she had time and quiet (which happened to be 12-4 in the morning) and she started to write with only a vague idea of a character. She had no expectation that anyone would ever see this work, but she was willing to try.
What I loved most about that story was that she did it!
She just didn’t talk about it; she just didn’t think about it. She certainly didn’t wait for the perfect time to begin (is there really such a thing? I think not).
She simply took the first step toward her dream.
I find that so inspiring!
That day was different from all the rest because she took action…and that was the first day of the rest of her life. Eight books later, she is successful beyond her wildest imaginations.
But that isn’t truly the point.
The point is that she wasn’t afraid to attempt her dream.
We only get one turn on this planet.
What is your dream?
Will you let one more day go by without taking a step toward living it?
What do you have to lose?
Nobody else has your vision, your experiences, your unique way of seeing this world. If you don’t release what is on the inside, we will all miss out. You have a creative voice! Decide to use it.
So what if it isn’t perfect? If you wait for perfection, you will never begin. Trust me, you will learn something valuable from every attempt.
Let no one else define you. Be who you are. You have been created in the image of God. In fact, He declares you to be His masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10).
Don’t get to the end of your life and be filled with regret for never chasing your dream.
Make the decision to take one step toward your dream today.
Who knows where that first step will lead you?!
“Don’t die with the music still in you.”—Wayne Dyer