Monday, April 1, 2013


ALL IN                           

To kick of the 2113 A-Z Blog challenge, I’m going to start from the beginning—or I should say, beginning for me. For some of you, this point of revelation may already have occurred.

Okay, let me clarify. I’m speaking of a moment of clarity in my pursuit of being happy with who I am. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m married to a wonderful woman (fifteen years come May), I have three great children, and have had a respectable career in the woodworking business. What I haven’t achieved is my life’s passion. Can such a thing ever be achieved? I pray that it can. For the sake of my sanity.

For the past ten years I have dreamed of being a writer. Little did I know, when I took that evening class in creative writing ten years ago, that my fun hobby would turn into an obsession. And that my obsession would lead to so much frustration.

How many excuses can be made not to fulfill a dream? Working a ‘real’ job?—that’s the worst. Not enough time?—just say no to Facebook and computer games. I have too many obligations?—funny how we make time for other things we want. Am I good enough?—this one is the true killer; self-doubt—lack of confidence—an unwillingness to have faith in what I can achieve.

So today, my writing brethren, I proclaim that I am ALL IN. From this day forward, I will not back down, will not give self-doubt a perch upon my shoulder, will not make one more excuse for why not!

I will write, and write some more, and write even more. And then I will submit to the keepers of the gate, but will NOT be held captive by those with the key.

I AM a writer and I will make my own key if I have to!     


8 comments:

Man O' Clay said...

Hey, I'm your neighbor on the A-Z list. Hope you'll stop by at Reflection on things fantastic.

I hear you with the writing launch. I'm a husband, dad, and teacher, but I want to write, too. The only way to make it work is to, well, write. I've had some early mornings lately, but I'm writing.

More power to you!

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Wonderful post, James! And one I need to read over and over again. I can't tell you how many times I flick 'self-doubt' off my shoulder. But now I have a plan. As you say, "write, write, write." Just 15 minutes a day is better than nothing. I will submit, submit, submit until i get someone's attention. All my interests get 15 minutes! With writing it might lead to more but certainly no less. :)

Hang in there!

Maggie McGee said...

Good for you!

Jan Newman said...

Go, James. You can do it.

roland martinez said...

My wife and I are doing the A-Z challenge. She recommended your post. I'll be following your posts this month and good luck to you!

Dee said...

Good luck! I hope you achieve your dreams.

Your fellow A-Z challenger,
Deecoded

James R Tate said...

Thanks for all the comments. Looking forward to meeting a lot of new and interesting people this month

Kathy Maffei said...

Good luck on the writing! Hopefully to many movies won't get in the way for you:)Unless they're really good ones :)