Monday, January 16, 2012

Live your Dream

"Go, live your dream."  -Guy from "Tangled"

How badly do you want something?  Sometimes it hurts to dream because I want my dream so bad.  I want to be published and I want to go to New Zealand.  I don’t have the money and I can only pray that I have the talent to be published.  I really want to win this contest.  To be published and to have enough money for New Zealand and so I can pay off my student loans, it would be amazing.  I keep thinking of that scene in “Tangled” at the Ugly Duckling and Rapunzel sings about her dreams.  Then as Rapunzel and Flynn flee, the guy says to her, “Go, live your dream."  I want to, but I'm kinda stuck.  I need something to happen to change my circumstances.  

I wish my parents would say that to me.  I just wish that they would support me in my dreams to write and leave the country.  I understand that they want to be a voice of reason, but at some point... when do you stop and just believe in your child?  They were ashamed of me for quitting my full time job as a caseworker and now I’m just trying to find out what God wants me to do.  It’s really hard.  I don’t want to be frustrated with them, but at the same time a part of me just wants them to be proud of me.  But I can’t give up who I am to be who they want me to be.  I probably won't ever be perfect and exactly what they want, but I like who I am. 

I've been dreaming of being an author since I was a little girl, not a teacher or a doctor.  I will live my dreams, no matter what. I will prove to them that they can be proud of their daughter.

Do your parents support your dreams?

10 comments:

  1. "I was talking to her. Your dream stinks."

    Sorry, had to add the funny in there too ;)

    I'm sorry you don't have the support from ma and pa. But the amazing thing about the writing community is that it is SO SUPPORTIVE! Even though my mom is behind me 100%, she's not the one I go to when I get stuck in a wip. She's not the one I run to when I get another form rejection. And she's not the one I blather my mouth off to when I'm super excited about a breakthrough, or a contest, or anything writing related. It's my amazing critique partners, and every single person who comments on my blog posts.

    I love my mommy, don't get me wrong, but there is something very special about people who 'get it'. Who share the same dream as you. Who want to see you succeed and go out and buy your book the second it hits Amazon.com or their nearest Barnes and Noble. These are people who understand and can offer encouragement and praise and lift you when you need lifting, push you when you need pushing, and enjoy the ride with you.

    We're with you every step of the way my friend! Cyber hugs!!!!

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    1. "I will." Thanks for adding the funny! :) You are completely right. The writing community is so supportive! Even if my parents just can't support me in this, they do still love me and I have friends that I turn to when I need encouragement or want to share about rejection. I love my parents, but they just don't get it yet.

      Thank you! *cyber hug*

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  2. If your parents are anything like mine, it'll be another twelve years before they come around.

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    1. 12 more years... I guess I can wait. :)

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  3. My parents supported me in my dreams. Of course my mother wisges I wrote LDS or at least contemporary fiction instead of fantasy. My parents were always realistic and encouraged me to choose a different fieldthat was more stable.

    My wonderful husband is also 100% supportive. In fact I recently almost gave it up -and and he would not have it.

    I hope you find someone in your life to support you. For what it is worth - I do :)

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    1. My parents, my mom specifically has always wanted me to follow in her footsteps and be a teacher, but I've never really felt that. I've always wanted to be a writer.

      That's so great that your husband is so supportive. I hope I can find a guy like that someday who won't let me quit.

      Thank you for the encouragement!

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  4. Ah, parents. They want you to be happy, and they thin they know how that should be done. They might not understand what your going through, but I am sure in their hearts they support you. Whether or not they say it out loud because that's what parents are like. Just keep working and praying. You'll get there!

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    1. That's parents, but they do love me. I'm sure of that. I will just have to prove to them that I can do it. And I'll keep praying that they will see it. Thanks Jen!

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  5. My family are supportive, it must be difficult if your parents aren't. Even if it comes from a good place. You're right though, keep following your dreams. Seeing you happy is all your parents really want.

    Hugs! :)

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  6. Nice post. For another reason to go to New Zealand look at this post on Great Barrier. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/places-in-nz-i-would-like-to-visit-part_24.html

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