Thank you for making my day… I am always thrilled to read that (1) I actually have readers .. And my running joke is there are maybe 20 or so readers out there who keep my blog from slipping into oblivion. Those who have read up my posts about blogging per se know that I don’t really write to cultivate readership, so I am happy with my small group of readers! In addition, I love to know that (2) what I write actually resonates with others– more so the younger generation. I know I have been given a gift to write like I do but to be able to do more than pull the words together — to actually be able to speak to someone out there– that, to me, is a blessing.
There are emails and comments that I cut and paste, but others that I prefer to just respond to. This will be one of the latter.
Thank you, A, for writing.. for speaking your heart out, and for reminding me that I was a tad harsh with the reference to doubting in my previous post, “To each his own (So you made it!)“. Please do not give up no your dream because there is that doubt present in your heart and mind. That was not my intention, but I do realize it might have come across differently.
It appears that one particular paragraph I had written had struck a cord and had caused A to second guess her doubting heart.
Any half-hearted effort will land you someplace you wouldn’t want to be. So ask yourself now if you’re up to it, because if there is even an iota of doubt in your mind or deep in your heart, you should seriously think of changing paths. It is never too late to back out of a dream or a pursuit or a journey — whatever you may want to call it, for as long as you do it out of your own choice. Do not put yourself in a position where your circumstances force you to change direction. Put your heart and soul into it, give it 110% (everyday!), and pray, pray, pray!
Ah, those persistent doubts that hound you forever and will keep hounding you unless everything starts going and staying in your head that you are the best without a shadow of a doubt. (Yes, the doubts will disappear when you start thinking and believing you are THAT good..)
You will always have doubts in anything you do, and that is good, because it means you haven’t lost touch with the real you. It means you have your feet still rooted on the ground. You know that even if you’re 90% genius, there is that 10% that gives you space to doubt and make room for modesty or humility or both. To doubt is to recognize that you are not perfect, and that should challenge you to better yourself, while at the same time preparing you for those times when you actually take a fall.
I often have doubts, too, and there were times when I was lost and weak in the knees — to the point of giving up. And I tried to make those doubts work for me, and not against me, by reminding myself that I have a dream I am working to achieve. It is when those doubts creep up behind you that you need to remind yourself how badly you want this dream, and when you must take stock of the fact that you probably did something right, because you are now in law school.
Keep writing.. Keep believing and keep fighting for the dream you have in your heart.. I am still dreaming and believing and fighting and getting disappointed occasionally and I’m 50! But see, I can say I tried.. I got this and maybe I didn’t get that– but I tried..
And I’m still trying.