Don’t ignore your dreams.
The road to success will never be easy. The biggest tragedy in life is when someone neglects the dreams within their heart because of the crippling self doubt that comes along with the fight. As human beings we need to get it through our heads that we aren’t perfect. We never ever ever will be. It’s the only thing in life that’s impossible. If we learn to let go of the voice that tells us imperfection is the worst thing in the world, then we’ll succeed. It’ll be easier to chase our dreams. It’ll be easier to go for what you want because deep in your heart you know that it’s okay to fall.
Speaking from personal experience, being a writer isn’t easy. A special thank you to Amy Poehler for blatantly pointing that out in her epic novel “Yes Please” because so often I felt as though I was just awful at it when it got hard.Sometimes it’s fun to sit around with coffee as we brainstorm things with the California sun shining in our faces in 80 degree weather, and other times, it’s scary how quickly I can go from writing an awesome sentence to crying about how I hate everything and don’t know what I’m doing. It’s easiest to give up when those moments hit, but we can’t. The thing is, if we give up on our dreams, we give up on ourselves. “Remember yourself as a little girl (or boy), she is counting on you to protect her.” As much as our parents tried to protect us as children, they didn’t know everything that went on in our lives. As kids, we’ve all lived through certain tragedies that we could now handle as an adult – some made us stronger, but others have damaged us. For the sake of the child within you, fight your hardest to reach the pinnacle of success. It’s possible. You owe it to yourself to make everything worth it. If you have a dream in your heart, it’s there for a reason. If you can’t let it go, it’s your calling. And in the midst of the hard times, remember where you’ve been, but keep your eye on where you want to be. And whatever you do, keep telling yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes. As long as you do your best, it’s all that matters. We’re allowed to have bad days and we’re allowed to have great days.
The strongest saying in my opinion has always been – “be someone your 8-year-old self would be proud of.” Be good to others and be good to yourself as you fight for your dreams.