“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” ― Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
Last week I began reading The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. In the beginning of the book he writes about defining moments: the point when you realize life is short, time is fleeting, and now is the time to take on your grand adventure and pursue your quest. The book gave me pause. For so long I’ve been bogged down doing what everyone else is doing, even though I have some pretty grand ideas about finding my own unique path. Yet, here I am traveling the road everyone else travels. I graduated from high school, studied for my college degree, began my career, worked my way up in a company. Yes, my life consists of trading time for money. There are days I am passionate about innovation, growth and seeing change happen. There are other days when I wonder, is this is?
Two years ago I began freelancing, an ultimately fulfilling venture which brought me in touch with several entrepreneurs, business owners, authors, musicians, photographers, and other creators. They all have a dream, a mission, a goal they are constantly pursuing. Rubbing shoulders with them has taught me many of the things I’ve shared throughout this blog. Being apart of another individual’s journey to success is exciting and motivating. I’ve seen the areas where they struggled, where they started do things differently, and where they changed the process and stepped away from following the trend. In seeing their growth and success I began to think of my own.
Ever since I can remember I’ve been obsessed with fairy tales and I’ve always wanted to write a bestselling, wildly popular fantasy series. A wholesome series with loveable characters, understandable villains, heroic choices, true love, insane feats, challenges accepted, and quests accomplished. Fourteen years ago the journey began, five books were written, but only for myself. After reading through the first section of The Happiness of Pursuit I realized I am selling myself short. It wasn’t until I was chatting with a busy father who told me he was a writing a book, that I realized I’ve been wasting my time. If someone who has a full-time career, takes his wife out for dates, and stays active with his children, not to mention other community activities, makes time to write, so can I.
It was fall of 2014 that I sat down by myself and began to write. At first it started small. I focused on developing consistency, writing for thirty minutes every day. Yes, I missed days. Yes, sometimes I stared at the blank screen for thirty minutes. Some days I wrote two lines, others two paragraphs. There were moments of inspiration where chapters flowed easily and others when my writing sat still, like a dried up stream. Regardless, each small drop in the bucket was a step forward. I continued until the words began to flow without end, causing me to set a weekly goal of at least 5,000 words–an attainable goal I almost always reach and some weeks even surpass. As my novel grows I’ve come to realize writing is my passion and I love it. There’s nothing like sitting down with a hot cup of coffee and tunes from my favorite playlist to help me write my dreams into being. That quest of writing and publishing a bestselling fantasy series has been revived and is now my pursuit.
2016 Update: That book is now published and the ebook alone has had over 4,000 downloads. You can view it here: The Five Warriors
What is a lifelong dream you are pursing?