Rewind to the early 2000's ... were you even born then? LOL! Well, back in those days... oh yeah, I said it... ahem. Well, back then anyone in the military got used to deployments. Lots of them. Long ones. It was tough. My husband was in the USAF and I was in a city where I didn't know anyone and had no family close by. So it was lonely to say the least.
I didn't have a cell phone.
And my two kids were 5 and 3.
I kept busy, and was constantly trying to stay ahead of a breakdown. I had at least one a day. And at night I couldn't sleep. Heaven forbid I wake up in the middle of the night!! I'd never get back to sleep until the sun was just starting to rise. Then I could finally shake off the anxiety and relax. Never before.
But I absolutely love my kids, and have always enjoyed being with them! They are a treasure. But after months and months of being almost completely isolated... I needed something. Cue the writing journal.
I would jump on my computer, open up Word and type as fast as I could, about anything I needed to. It was so easy to fill a page. And then two. For some reason I enjoyed it. I love typing fast, and my imagination is always happy to supply a story.
One day, I had an idea I wanted to get out, and I decided to write a real actual story. One I wouldn't delete after. I doubted it would even fill up a page or two. But I was wrong. I wrote and wrote and wrote, and as it took me away from my loneliness and fear (imagine an air raid siren going off during your one and only phone call with your husband for the day... yeah... fear.) I realized how deeply I enjoyed the journey of creating.
But getting myself to believe I could actually publish?? That's a blog post on its own. I think of my first series as an experiment in writing at the school of hard knocks. I make so many mistakes, but I usually don't repeat them... so that's a plus!
Years down the road and I know what I need to do. I know what I'm capable of... and I finally have the opportunity to take a crack at it.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are your ambitions? What difficult situation in your life has led to a discovery or opportunity? Because, every successful person has reached that success after incredible trials. It's just how life works. And if you are in the middle of that trial right now, don't give up! Believe that good things will follow and you'll have that chance again to achieve incredible goals.
I believe in you.