Monday, March 17, 2008

Life as a challenge.


What do you want from life? Do you see this "want" as a dream? A wish? or a challenge?
I have one daughter who loves a challenge. No matter what she sets her sights on she never looks at it as a wish.
She wanted to be a lifeguard. After rigorous testing and pushing herself to her limit. Poof! She was a lifeguard.
She wanted to be drum major in the band. Work, work, work...poof! She became drum major.
Learn piano? guitar? Poof!
Although she makes it look easy I know how much work she puts into these things. I see the agony and energy she goes through for her goals. Some are harder then others, sure, but she pushed herself just as hard every single time. She seems to live for the challenge.
Everything is a challenge to be met, overcome and accomplished. She amazes me. She has also taught me a lot about challenges:
Stay focused.
Believe in yourself.
Work hard.
Never give up.
Do I want to be a published writer? Is this my dream? Or is it a challenge to be overcome, overtaken and accomplished?
J.A. Konrath once asked, "What do you call a writer who never gives up?"
---PUBLISHED!
He should know. It took him years to become an overnight sensation. His story is one of hard work and determination. (You can read his story in a book called, "HOW I GOT PUBLISHED".)
Was it his dream? Or his challenge?
What's yours?

5 comments:

The Anti-Wife said...

My dream - to be published.
My challenge - to be the best I can be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Julie Weathers said...

Good question and one I've been thinking about a lot lately.

I asked a good friend of mine who has read a lot of my work if there was a realistic chance of being published or should I just relegate it to the hobby category for a while. I've got some pretty serious decisions to make and putting in the commitment to write means I have to change some other plans.

I guess I've made my decision for better or worse. It is a dream, but it's also a done deal waiting to be done.

Julie

Aimless Writer said...

the anti-wife: thanks for visiting here too! I like your challenge!

Julie: Never give up on a dream. It feeds the soul. (Besides I loved Paladin)

spyscribbler said...

What a great post! And I needed a pick-me-up today.

I have a student like that. He just gets the job done. He's amazing.

You know, I think the best thing for a student to learn is to believe in themselves.

Aimless Writer said...

Spy,
Its amazing what the kids can teach us, isn't it?