If I asked you why you’ve given up what you started, would you say you didn’t have time? Would you say fear of rejection? Not knowing where to start? Fear that a certain person or persons would find out? Maybe your parents are too conservative for your idea or the idea will interfere with the way you earn an income. Maybe your friends aren’t supportive.
Maybe you aren’t supportive…of yourself?
For me, it was all of the above. I wanted to be a writer since I learned the alphabet – a serious writer. I would write casually disturbing content that was much more mature than my third grade brain. Subjects like death and trauma were not strangers to my stories. So much so that my mom got a call from my third grade teacher asking if this was normal and if everything was “okay at home.”
The emo was strong in me.
I wanted the perfect word, the perfect phrase, the perfect title for each chapter. Then in 2010, long after finishing the third grade, I started my first blog on a website called moonfruit. I wanted absolutely everything I put out on the internet to be absolutely perfect and represent the genius Patty Smith/Mark Twain/Vonnegut-esque writer I was. Riiiiiight.
I must’ve tried a dozen different website-building platforms with a dozen different tag lines and a dozen different themes. But the platform didn’t matter as much (yes, I’m in full support in starting sentences with “but,” “and,” and “with” for casual writing like blogging, but we’ll get to that later). I wrote great content but I didn’t keep up with my thoughts, ideas, reading, or researching. For years, I was so worried about my outward online appearance that I stopped what I was passionate about.
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So put on your favorite sweatpants and design that website, write that story, finish that dissertation, create that jewelry, paint that masterpiece. Then get your something new out into the world so your third grade self will be proud. Cheers to you fellow person!