I was recently listening to Elizabeth Gilbert's podcast "Magic Lessons" (sooo good!) and caught an interview she had with Brene Brown in the last episode of season one. The discussion circled around regrets and vulnerability and passion, and they brought up a point that I have yet to be able to shake from my mind: what would you still do even after knowing you COULD and probably would fail.
Sort of like that bumper sticker, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" - but with a more realistic and passion-driven perspective.
In other words, what do you love so fiercely or feel pulled toward so strongly that in your heart, your bones, your soul, you have to do it? And that's while knowing fully that you will likely stumble and fall at least once to accomplish it.
Heck, maybe five times. Maybe more.
Gah. How about that, right?
For me, it's writing. It always has been, and (I imagine) always will. And that's with as many ignored emails and un-returned messages and embarrassingly desperate pitches as a freelance writer can eventually soak in during their career. ;)
Because really, if you love something that stinkin' much - that you don't feel alive when you're not able to do it - how can you stop? Regardless of how much mud is on your face. And the failures, that's just a part of it. I mean, that's really what life is, isn't it? One big waltz from failure to success and back again. Darkness to light, rinse and repeat.
Failing is just a part of it, though that word has a harsher, uglier connotation than I think it really deserves. The true definition of the word "failure" as used in this sense is simply a lack of success.
But is it truly?
We're trying and sometimes we're not succeeding, sure. Sometimes we're making gigantic messes that maybe we feel like will take us centuries to wash off. Couldn't that be a success of some sorts though? If it teaches a lesson and helps us grow, then I would argue yes... it's just not the desired outcome we had envisioned.
So if it's all a part of the journey, and all a part of our creative pursuit, then really there isn't a true failure to be found. The instances in the journey of our passion - whatever it may be - just help us to expand and rise up and learn to become better versions of ourselves. That is a success, wouldn't you say? Helping us inch that much closer to the book deal or the business venture or whatever it is that you are pursuing in your dreams.
So......... do it anyways, and keep doing it. We'll all get there.
p.s. unless you've been living under a rock, you know it's Election Day here in America. Get out there and make your voice heard- it's your right!