I know I already used a song from The Greatest Showman for an earlier post, but I absolutely loved this movie! I heard this song the other day while driving in my car and for whatever reason, it brought tears to my eyes. I think because the message is so timely for me.
I’ve made choices in my life that caused me to change course, and while my ultimate goal is always the same (to be happy), the steps in my journey to achieve that have been tweaked over time. Six years ago if you had asked me, I would have never believed that I would be launching my third novel, having earned my first ever college degree just two years before, yet here I am. And now, I can’t imagine my life without writing. Or being forced to curb my desire to learn new things, for that matter. While creativity has always been a part of me, writing took a back burner to all the other things in my life that demanded my attention. But not anymore.
Writing has saved me in many ways, it gave me a voice when I didn’t feel I could speak out, allowed me to work out the things in my mind that troubled me, and brought me to an understanding about my life and the person I’ve become. I realized all those years ago, at the fork in the road that was before me, that life is short. It compels me now to do whatever feeds my soul, so I never have to face a future filled with regrets. Do I make mistakes? Of course! But that is half the fun, and it’s how I learn. I embrace my flaws, and the people that love me do as well, or at least I assume they do since they are still hanging around with me. Point is, I don’t allow my inexperience to hold me back anymore because this new path that I am on is exciting and fills me with a joy that I can only hope everyone can find in their lives, in whatever they choose to do.
There are so many talented and amazing creatives out there that seem to hesitate doing the thing that tugs at their soul and cries for attention because they don’t feel they are good enough, or worthy of notice. This song is for those people, who not only deserve to chase their dreams just as much as the next person but who should also be allowed to do it without judgment. No more hiding in the shadows – dip into your well of creativity and show us what you’ve got! It’s time to start dreaming with your eyes wide open.