For the entire month of February, I will be participating in a daily blogging challenge called #Write28Days (click on it for more information).
According to Dictionary.com, strive is a verb (action) meaning “to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: or, to struggle vigorously.”
I believe each one of us have spent at least some part of our lives striving for something. It may be a singular thing, or it may vary over the course of our lives.
For me, it was trying to find the one thing I could be really good at.
Diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss at the age of 5, I battled with feeling inferior to other “normal” kids. When ,at the age of 8, I discovered I could run faster than most kids (even those who were several years older), I latched on to it, and strove to become better at it. Running became an integral part of my life for over seventeen years. I competed in college as well as after, and have placed (in the top 3) in a number of meets/races.
Then came the next challenge.
While still in college, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (a disease where I was slowly going blind). Devastated, I gave up on any dream aspirations I had. I did finish college, but the degree was just a piece of paper. Nothing more. A few years after my diagnosis, I married only to be widowed less than two years later. Broken. Severely depressed, I withdrew from the world and into one filled with darkness and loneliness (of my own choosing). Through two special people, I learned to embrace another gift I’d discovered as a young girl but never truly took seriously, writing.
In the beginning, my writing sucked. I mean that sincerely. But, over time, through hard work, it did improve.
Poetry. Short and long fiction. I strove to find that niche I was destined for.
I’m still striving, still learning, still writing.
Since then I have remarried, and gave birth to a son who is nearly sixteen now. I have faced many other challenges as well but the same thing remained for me.
I’m still striving to be good at that one thing, and this keeps me going no matter what life throws at me.