Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to 2016 and the year’s first group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment.
Before the holiday season, my daughter reminded me that opportunities need to be sought out and taken or if necessary, created.
This wise reminder came about when I told my daughter how proud I am of her. At the latter end of 2015 she decided that her life and career had veered off course and she was not doing what she wanted to do. So, she made some drastic changes.
She moved from London to live with family in the north of England and after a couple of months of contemplation and unconditional loving support, she sought out the opportunities that would give her the future she had wished for since childhood. Within two weeks, just before Christmas, she’d gained a position for a PhD in Chemistry, moved into a two bedroomed townhouse and organized her life for the better. I was amazed at her determination and focus (and bowled over by the speed of this transition).
When I talked to her about this, I was pleasantly surprised at her response. She said that I had taught her the value of self-belief and hard work and if we put our minds to something we can achieve anything. “That’s what you’ve always done, Mom,” she said. This knocked me aback. I’d forgotten I had such a feisty, go-getting side. It is what I’d always done and when an opportunity wasn’t forthcoming, I had created my own. [Hmmmm, light bulb moment!]
Over the past two and a half years, I have spent far too long waiting for opportunity to come knocking, especially with my writing. So, my target for 2016 is to stop hanging about, revert to my former self and create my own opportunities so that I can forge a prosperous future.
I wish you all a year filled with self-belief, gumption and success.
|Me and my Alice|
Have you ever forgotten your own abilities and needed to be reminded of them? Does someone inspire you in a similar way my daughter inspires me? Have you experienced any recent revelations about your character?