Monday, April 2, 2012


Be whomever you want to be, and don’t wait for the perfect opportunity. I’ve spent the last thirty years being a cabinet maker, a very respectable and admired trade, but have recently come to realize that my real calling is to be a writer, to share my stories with whoever wants to read them, or if nothing else just to release them from captivity in my head. So often you hear a person mention how much they hate what they do but are afraid to make a change. Deep down inside they have a calling for something they may not even be aware of. Open your mind and soul to the world and you will find what it is your heart desires. But that’s only half the battle. Find the courage inside yourself to break out of the box that is your life and pursue your true passion.
My wife and I recently made the decision to move to New York City in the fall of 2013. For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve lived my entire life in the south, raised in Oklahoma, spent most of my adult life in Texas. Yes, that would be the state where they say, Ya’ll and Mornin’. Of the people I have told of our plans, half have offered encouragement—if not a little bit of envy that we can just pack up and leave without reservation to explore the world (or at least New York), but the other half have looked at me as though I’d grown a third eye, as if to say, “You’re going to do WHAT?”
I am excited about the opportunity and am counting the days. After all, the center of the publishing world is in NYC. By the way, I HAVE visited several times, and fell in love with it the first time. The art, the culture, the attitude; CAN’T WAIT!


Damyanti said...

Yes, sometimes catching your dream is just that easy.

--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Nikki said...

Good luck with the move! I'm just visiting from the A - Z. This was a great post and a nice reminder that we have to get up and go get hold of our dreams :) I'm glad your pursuing your wish to become a writer. You have a great blog here! I'm following you, it's nice to meet you!

Nikki – inspire nordic

bwinn said...

I can't wait till you move so I can come visit!! So excited for you. Your first novel has kept me captivated and I find myself having to make myself put it down. You know, following the Nurse Practitioner dream lol! I am truly proud of you and can't wait to watch all your dreams come true!!

Jan Rider Newman said...

Seriously? Moving to NYC? You guys (which is what you'll have to say now instead of y'all) are brave and much to be admired. I loved the city. Which part are you thinking of living/working? You've got 5 borroughs to choose from. I'd recommend living in Brooklyn near Prospect Park. Great area! I love the neighborhood feel of all of New York.

James R Tate said...

Glad you all stopped by-notice I didn't say, Ya'll!
Nikki, glad you stopped by, nice to meet you too
Thanks, Sis. I know you've worked hard for your dreams too, so I'm extremely impressed and proud of you.
How did you know, Jan. We are actually looking in the Prospect Park area. We have an apartment rented for a week in June to look around.

Iliadfan said...

I live in Texas and dream of living in NYC. I love reading about people making their dreams come true!

Jan Rider Newman said...

Great places attract great people? :)

Kylie said...

I can feel your excitement through this post. Good luck with the move and following your dreams!

Sharon said...

I admire your going for your dream; I've never been to NYC but would love to go someday. I'm a Texan at heart since I grew up there the last few years of high school before leaving for college and since I have a lot of family there I visit regularly. Good luck!