Find your passion
Almost two years ago I set out to write my first novel. One day I opened my laptop and started writing and I can't stop. I have finished three first drafts and am working on my fourth.
I would like to list the many reasons why I was qualified to type that first word, but the truth is, there is only one reason. My boss gave me permission to write.
I don't mean that she told me I could put my work away and write. I mean that she told me - scratch that, she insisted that I was a writer. The first few times she said it I laughed. Who was she kidding? There were a lot of things that I knew I was, some good, some not so good, but a writer was not one of them.
After at least a couple dozen times over the next six month period, she told me again and again. She's a published author herself and a person who has been such an inspiration to me that I had no choice but to finally believe her.
There is no question that I am passionate about writing. I wake up two hours before I need to each day so I can write before I go to work. The process of writing has brought me so much joy, I can't even begin to describe it. And to think that I might have missed out on the experience if I hadn't put my fear and self-doubt aside.
Here's the thing about passion-it makes you deaf to all the reasons why you shouldn't. Okay, well maybe not totally deaf - I still hear the doubts sometimes, but they are more of a whisper now, than a shout. If there is something you are passionate about, go for it.
If you need someone to give you permission to take the first step like I did, let that be me. My passion is writing. What's yours?