What if you don’t?


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This post is a submission for Positive Writer’s “You are Enough” Contest.  Join in-that’s my first piece of advice. 🙂

What if you do? You write that blog, and everyone hates it and smears your name across the internet. Or worse, it’s not acknowledged at all, and your words ring empty though hollow internet caves.

What if you do? You write that book, and no one ever publishes it. You’ve never felt like more of a failure in your life. Why did you even bother? Or maybe you do get published, and no one bothers to read it, or worse, it gets bad reviews. You’re such a hack.

What if you do? Tweet to your heart’s content about the issues deep in your heart, only to get bullied by the virtual mob and left to cry in a corner, bruised and battered by a cruel and unforgiving world.

The pulsing doesn’t stop. Not good enough, not good enough, not good enough. 

Have I reached all your deepest, darkest fears yet? Feeling uncomfortable? Good. You need to feel uncomfortable, because what if you don’t?

What if you don’t? Your words die inside you, and the one book that could have changed someone’s life never gets published. The world, filled with darkness and conflict and hate never sees the ray of light that you could have given. You could have made the difference.

What if you don’t? You’ll never know if you could have made the connection to change a mind, a life, an idea. We live in a world of words, a medium nearly the entire world shares. Even if you don’t touch a million lives, you’ve already touched one by releasing your words into the universe, even if you are the only one to read it. By expressing yourself, you grow and change and mold into who you want to be.

What if you don’t? Writing is a part of you. It’s what makes you who you are. If you live in fear of the opinions and thoughts of others, as so many do, you will fade away into the silence. You know what people regret most on their death bed? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not that they tried and didn’t succeed at the level they wanted.

It’s that they were too scared to try at all. Don’t regret the things you didn’t do. Don’t regret the pieces you didn’t write. Your words matter. Spill them from the keyboard, from a pen, from your heart. If you don’t, the world will never know that you could. You will never know that you could.

What if you don’t spend the rest of your life wondering what you could have made of yourself if you’d tried?

Try. That is the one difference between those who make it and those who don’t. Put your words into the world and set them free, and see what happens.

Yes. People may ignore you.

Yes. People may even be mean to you.

Be brave. Find courage. Accept well meaning critique and get better. Rely on the experience of others who want the same thing you do. Believe in your words. They are important. Find a place for them.

Stop judging the words before they even arrive, and let them come. Pour your soul out and be prepared to let it bruise, but also be prepared to let it soar. Stumbling and falling is all a part of the process, so let it be. Grow. Get your battle scars. Get strong. Become the mentor for others you so badly wish you had.

Just remember. None of this journey is possible unless you start, and keep going. Face your doubt, your fears, your inner turmoil and tell those voices that they mean nothing if you can be heard, seen, read, changed. Writing changes you, but it won’t if you never find the will to do it.

This is your life. How do you want to remember it?

What if you do? What if you make it, and your wildest dreams come true? What if you get the life you’ve always dreamed of, because you put yourself out there and you never gave up?

And what if you don’t? You know the answer to that.

Yes, you are enough. Now let’s see what you’ve got.

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