This is probably one of the most difficult part about being a writer. Revealing your vulnerabilities and fears to others. This is also a reason why most of us never truly reach our potential because of these fears.
I am one of them.
How do we break through the barriers that our fears place around us?
What about you? Are your fears holding you back?
If so, what are you going to do about them?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela
“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”- (Robert Frost) The Road Not Taken
The above quote is the one I can relate to the most-at this point in my life.
I’m looking to others who have tread on before me as examples and for inspiration as I struggle to build confidence in myself as a writer; as a scribe who’s on a journey that could be considered spiritual in nature; as a journalist who’s risking much to share painful experiences, and bare thoughts and feelings to those willing to listen.
There will always be those who refuse to accept you for who you are, and for the things you stand for. These same people will be the first to criticize and ridicule you as a writer, and a person. And yeah, that hurts…a lot.
These are the times when I’d turn to the creative-minded individuals who’s gone on before me for strength and wisdom; to know that I am not alone in this battle is always a wonderful comfort, and to glean the motivation needed to keep traveling the path I’m on.
Someday, I hope to be strong and courageous enough to branch off, and blaze a new path for others to follow.