the Never Surrender Blogfest, June 11-15th.
"All you have to do is blog about a time you didn't surrender. Trained
for a marathon? Queried agents? Had to study for an entrance exam? I'm
looking for inspirational stories that you have experienced. Hard things
you've accomplished because you didn't give up. I want to be inspired
I've never trained for a marathon or climbed a mountain. I did conquer my fear of roller coasters, but that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about never surrendering, trying to finish a book after the death of a very close friend.
If you've followed my blog for a while, you've probably heard me talk about Chris. He was my high school band teacher and like a second dad to me. We shared a love of music, Star Trek, and the Lord of the Rings. We actually saw the new Star Trek movie twice together in theaters and he didn't even laugh at me when I cried during the beginning... twice. Chris was always there for me. I can remember hiding in his office after my grandma died because I didn't want to face the world. He sat with me and didn't ask any questions. It was comfortable. (If you could see me, thinking about him still makes me cry, but that's okay.)
I started writing "Nameless" in August of 2011 and I was very excited about it. But in September, I found out that Chris wasn't going to make it to Christmas. I'd known that he had a brain tumor for a few years and it had been betting better, but it stopped getting better. This took everything from me. I didn't want to write anymore. He passed in November. I couldn't write "Nameless" and everything I tried to write was terrible; it was lifeless. I didn't want to read or write. Granted, I was probably depressed.
I dedicated "Nameless" to Chris. I will probably still miss him for a long time, but I didn't surrender. And I won't because he believed in me. He taught me not to surrender.
You should all go check out Elana's blog and buy her new book! :)
Do you have someone in your life that tells you to never give up?