I had been struggling for a while, wanting to do something more with my life, but never finding exactly what that is. I love writing, but can’t keep myself on a long project (like a book) without distraction. So I thought the idea of blogging was ingenious. It’s so flexible, flowing and interactive.
As has happened with so many other interests in my past, I ran into obstacles. I couldn’t figure out how to set things up, there’s no one around with computer knowledge to ask for help, and all the articles I looked up were too technical. I was beginning to wonder if it was worth all the hassle to stick it out.
Then yesterday I found another inspiring post at Kim & Jason’s Escape Adulthood site. Do you ever stumble across the answer to your question in a completely unexpected and unusual way? I went to their site looking for a laugh or something fun and came away with unexpected inspiration. The answer was “don’t quit“. Take a look for yourself – if you’re not cheering, screaming or crying at the end of the video you should play poker professionally.
Giving up too early is definitely something I need to work on. When things are stagnant and unmoving, when you’re confused, frustrated or lost it’s easy to give in. I’m coming to recognize that’s the time for you to grit your teeth and plow through it. So many times I’ve given in too early. Not able or willing to put in the extra effort it takes to succeed, unable to find the motivation to keep going.
I think true passion is when you can talk about something repeatedly even if no one else is interested, or if you enjoy doing it even if you’re not paid for it. When you work with passion even if you don’t succeed you’ll learn something, and if you stay with it long enough, your joy will be very great indeed.
As for myself, I’m going to continue to blog and write and see where it takes me. It’s had fantastic highs and crazy lows, and it’s been less than a month. I’m scared but hopeful for what the next few months could hold. I’ve been impressed and moved by the blogs I’ve read and the people I’ve met. I can only wish that some of my own writing will touch people in the same way.