Monday, April 2, 2012
BE ALL YOU DREAM OF
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!