For those of you who follow us, you are well aware that my thoughts often run wild. They can run so deep I wonder if anyone will ever truly understand them and then I remember the things I am passionate about. When I remember what I am passionate about like my son, writing, reading, making an impact. I remember I am not the only one passionate about these things and I remember that we are all connected together in some way.
I struggle just as much as anyone with if I am good enough. Am I good mother? Am I doing everything I can to succeed? Am I making an impact? Will my dream become my reality? I could go on and on with the thoughts I do struggle with and then I remember that every one of us struggles with our daily thoughts and the demons we have to overcome. That it is easy to feel alone and isolated but we aren't alone, we aren't isolated. We have each other, we just need to remember that.
All of these things I just mentioned plus much more is why I write. I write to feel good. I write to create something beautiful that I can share with others. I write so other people know they aren't alone. I write so that I can help someone or inspire someone. I write so others can see there is always another way. Life is meant to test us and push us. Sometimes we see these tests as failures, mistakes, bad things happening to us. But the tests are there to help make us stronger. I can tell you all that in the last few years I have fallen down more times than I can count, what took me a while to understand though, is that I am here still standing because I learned how to keep picking myself up after every time I fell.
Every one of you can pick yourself up. You can keep going and you are stronger than you know. For a long time I was ashamed of all of my "mistakes" until I woke up one day and realized those "mistakes" have made me the person I am now. The person who is pursuing her dream and encouraging others to do the same.
I believe I've said this before that someone once said to me in my darkest hours, "Rachael if you didn't experience tough times, these difficulties, the pain you are in right now, you wouldn't be able to write so well. When people read your stuff they want to be able to relate to you." It took me years to understand how true those words were and are. With my own writing, I am real and honest in a way I can't be when I verbalize things. My novel for example, I took experiences from my own life, things I saw in others and things I simply see in the world around me and gave my characters these difficulties. I understand their pain, their fears, their joy, so well that they are endearing and beautiful to me. It's what I want others to see when they read it and I believe people will because at some point I understood their sadness in my own life.
I want you to know that I write for you just as much as I write for me. That you can do what ever it is you set your mind to. You simply have to start. As the saying goes dark times don't come to stay they come to pass. Take the darkness and make the most brilliant light out of it. All we need is the courage to do it. We are here for you. We know what it's like to question yourself and be afraid. The only way to stop being afraid is to face the things that scare us. You are not alone. We love having you come here so don't be afraid to drop us a note.
Here at Writely Me we are a writing community but we are also a community that is here for others period.