My dreams were so profound tonight that they actually woke me up. So here I am, 4 am, writing. Apparently, there is no better time to put words down onto paper.
It is hard to describe the feeling I have had inside me this past week with writing the last pieces of the book, reading through it multiple times, and hearing back from a couple of my friends who have asked for the opportunity to read it. Hearing some of their comments about what I have written is humbling. I never really even considered things like “being a good writer” or “phenomenal style” etc. It’s not because I don’t believe in my writing. It’s because when I started putting the words to paper, I was committed to something far greater in my mind. I was committed to being as vulnerable as I could and to becoming the person who I truly knew I was inside. When thousands of people started reading along with me, I only judged my success here in this blog by my ability to connect with the hearts of my readers. Nothing more. Nothing less.
One of the coolest things about writing is that you get that chance. You are given the chance to move people, often of times, move people who across the entire world from you. Then, you get to hear from them. Some of the comments I have received are nothing short of amazing. I am trying my best to get to all of them.
About 6 months ago, for the first time I legitimately had the thought of turning this blog into a book. After months and months of reading and editing, I sent off the final product to my amazing editor yesterday afternoon. What a feeling that was. But the feeling I have had in my stomach is a combination of disbelief and excitement. I can sit down and literally say, “I have done it. I have written something.” It really is an incredible experience. What is also amazing is the fact that this is happening so quickly. You will see the final product, most likely, during January or February of this upcoming year. That just blows my mind.
So what’s the message here? The message is whatever your dream is, go for it. But sometimes, on our path towards achieving goals we have set, we get lost, and find something better along the way. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what I want to be doing. And you can expect that I will give you nothing short of the best I can. Don’t die wondering what you could have done. A few years ago, I nervously started patting away at the keys trying to keep my internal voice from shaking while writing. But when you stick with something, it makes you better…and then you become better at what you are doing.
Give yourself permission to bloom.
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