I've signed up for this:
and if you haven't already, you should, too. They've already got more than 500 bloggers and are still going strong. Official start date: April Fool's Day. The idea is to post every day except Sundays for the month of April, for a total of 26 posts. Every day you are expected to post something relevant to the alphabet, so on day one post something related to A, on day two B, etc., etc.,
The challenges have already begun; this week, the participants were challenged to write a press release promoting ourselves and the A-Z challenge. I didn't do it. I didn't think that I could, or that a newspaper would be remotely interested in my blog.
But someone got published. Someone wrote a press released and got published in a local newspaper. And it was a good press release, too.
I realized that not everyone was talking themselves out of their potential.
I'm making a lot of decisions this week that I'm not at liberty to discuss in a lot of detail here, but suffice it to say I'm no longer allowing circumstances to dictate what I can and cannot do, including feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Ever since I was a little girl my elders inundated me with the message: "Never give up on your dreams! You do anything you set your mind to do! You are a special little star twinkling in your own universe!"
I thought these people were at best misinformed optimists, and at worst willful half-wits.
Trust me, there are times in everyone's life when your dreams seem out of reach. You get laid off. Your mom gets sick. Your childhood memories are riddled with craters of loneliness where there should have been love and support. Your spouse/significant other/boss/friend is undermining you. You're broke.
But as the saying goes, "Everything works out it the end. If it hasn't worked out, then it's not the end yet."
Just because someone is out there being successful, doesn't mean you can't be successful too.
If you know you're supposed to do something, and you know it on so many levels not even Christopher Nolan could make a movie about it;
If your Golgi apparatuses are telling you you're a writer, and your mitochondria are telling you not to give up;
If your electrons are so burger flipping excited they can't sit still at the prospect of you going after what you're passionate about;
If space rocks have spelled out your destiny in the heavens;
If the writing on the wall, your palm reader, your pastor, your rabbi, your Buddhist monk, have confirmed that you're on the right path;
Then you can't give up.
You. Cannot. Give. Up.
You and your dreams are all you've got.
Don't let anyone talk you out of what you know you're supposed to do. Don't let your bank account dictate your actions. Don't let your fears and you past define your present course. Yes, it's scary. Life is often uncertain. But you're not doing this alone. We're all blogging and writing and dreaming and trying together.
You are mighty! Now go and write mighty works made of mighty words.
Have a good weekend everyone.