Friday, April 13, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

     Reaching for My Dreams

Many times in my life I've been told, "You live in your own little world!" (That was even before I began writing as a vocation.)
I tend to have lofty dreams - some have come true, while others have not. What I have learned is that if you go for your dreams you will probably have a measure of both success - and failure. If you don't go for your dreams, you will only know mediocrity in your life. It's the setting of goals, and the reaching for them, that makes me feel alive. Yes, there will be disappointments, but there will also be wonderful achievements. However, the most important benefit to reaching for my goals comes prior to attaining them. It's the lessons that I've learned on my journey that will remain with me forever. Perseverance, discipline, patience, and a love for life are just a few of the nuggets of truth I've gathered along the way. This is not to say that I enjoy my failures, but  I have learned to see them through more philosophical eyes!

What lessons have you learned while reaching for your goals?

8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. I've learned to allow myself time to feel the rollercoaster of emotions that comes from putting yourself "out there" and then letting them go. =)

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    1. That is great insight, Elizabeth. It's not that we can't be disappointed for a bit, it's just that it's so important to pick ourselves back up, and get back to writing. Thanks, girlfriend!

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  2. Thank you for this post, Victoria. I have learned that I have more patience than I ever thought possible. I have also learned the true meaning of perseverance. :)

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  3. Wise words, Victoria. We all dislike the possibility of failing, but settling for mediocrity is so much worse.

    I've learned to be patient through my writing journey. This is a craft/industry that takes time to learn and time to establish oneself.

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  4. Absolutely and definitely--especially the perseverance and living life parts, while you're doing those goals. Keep up the patience!! It's a good thing to foster (you need it even after you get an agent). ;o)

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  5. you gotta take risks and be willing to make changes...and dont be afraid to stand by your work =)

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    1. That's a great one to remember Tara - taking risks. If we are true to our own creativity we're bound to have to take a few, sometime or another. Thanks!

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  6. Victoria, the same's been said about me too, and even now. Who cares? As long as we don't procrastinate, and just do it, then the dream has the potential to become real. Failure and disappointment are only lessons to learn, to make us stronger.

    At least I can say I gave it my best shot, how ever it turns out - the book and/or life.

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