‘I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.’ – Henry David Thoreau –
I have set a goal to submit two pieces of writing that are due by the end of this month. Pending their acceptance or rejection I will add them to my blog at the appropriate time with the appropriate emoticon.
Writing is one of the few constants in life. If everything is destroyed people will still tell stories. The future will be filled with dreams and history will be revealed with great passion as it is retold. What I want from my future is the ability to tell those stories with confidence, to develop experience in a craft to influence or change someone’s life, if only for a few hours. I rewrote much of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for my students because I couldn’t find an ESL version that really fit and I included in some cultural aspects to make it more enjoyable for the audience. I doubt it will be fully understood but as I watch the play with everyone else I will be able to revel in knowing that something I wrote (sure, modified) is being adored by a small mass and that I was the orchestrator of it all.
I challenge you to set a goal for yourself this autumn. Join me as I take confident steps towards my goal and I will join you. As solitary as writing can be it does feel good to know that others are suffering and working along side you.