By now, most everybody has heard about Susan Boyle - 47 years old, unemployed, and . . . WOW! Watch the YouTube video. Be prepared to laugh and cry.
How many people truly follow their dreams? How many people have the courage to say this is what I want to do, and this is what I'm gonna do? Not many, not many at all. Susan Boyle showed amazing courage. I hope she soars to the greatest possible heights with her dreams and holds on to who she is - spunky, cheeky, vibrant - at the same time. I hope the same thing for everybody with a dream.
I never dreamed I would be a writer. It just happened one day. Perhaps it was always happening, but I was just too oblivious to recognize the happening. I wandered through childhood - in a time before 300 channels, video games, etc. - with my imagination close to me. My friends and I played outdoors all day long enacting our own imaginary games based on Batman (the reruns people, not the original episodes . . . but close), Emergency, SWAT, Star Trek (again, reruns people, reruns), and so many other television shows. We spent hours by the creek bank making roads, digging tunnels in the dirt, and playing with our Matchbox cars creating all sorts of scenarios. We used our imaginations. As I grew older, I immersed myself in book after book, going on adventure after adventure. All the while, my imagination soared to greater and greater heights. All the while, my mind moved slowly toward a dream I didn't know I had: writer.
Childhood into teens into adulthood. One day - new city, no friends as of yet - and I finish reading a book. I think, gee, I want to know what happens to the characters. So, I decide to continue the story. Yes, I did. I wrote a gazillion pages following the characters I loved in that book and creating some of my own. Then, I went on to something else and something else and something else. I wrote like a fiend.
Now, many years later, I call myself a writer. I follow the dream to wherever it might take me. I'm not 47 and unemployed, but I still have a dream.
So, it's never too late to follow that dream, that idle thought in your mind about what you really want to do in life. Sometimes, Susan Boyle for example, all it takes is the courage to take that first step.
I took that first step many years ago and haven't stopped since, not even with the this just isn't right for me response from agents. My writing is right for somebody. I just have to keep searching.
p.s. watch the video, multiple times!!!