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What are you wasting your time on that _____ for?

Friday, August 02, 2013

When I was 14, I used to write. A lot. I loved creating worlds. Using my characters to express my emotions. They stories were about kids, like me. Gay teenagers who wanted to find someone and somewhere to belong. Of course, not being out, I couldn't show my work to anyone. Then one day, I wrote a science fiction story. I was so very proud of it. I took it to my father to show him. He looked at my folder, and said, "What are you wasting your time on that $hit for? It's never going to amount to anything."

To me, at 14, that meant my father telling me I was never going to amount to anything. For years I stopped writing. Then one day I met someone who encouraged me to not give up. To keep going until my dream was realized. I present to you the cover to my book.

This post has a dual purpose. One: I'm very excited that something I wrote is actually going to be a real, honest to goodness paperback book with MY name on it.

Two: To show you that you should never give up on your dream. Only you define it. Don't let others do it for you. If they don't support you, find someone who will. You're VERY much worth the effort.


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    1181 days ago
    I believe that our parents (however well-intentioned or not) have their own blinders on...and only see the reality that (up until now) has been presented to them.

    Some are more visionary...but many are limited by what their parents, their friends, or their social group did.

    Many times you will have an artistic child born to a pair of sports nuts...or a military child born to a pair of artists... in both cases, the child's reality (desires) are completely opposite from the parents' reality. Which can make growing up difficult in both cases.

    I think it shows a level of maturity in the child, when they accept that their reality is different AND continue to go forward with it. And a new level for the parents when they realize their child can be (and is) successful in that different reality.

    Congrats on making your dream come true with your new book.
    1181 days ago
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    1182 days ago
    Congratulations! Good for you. Life is what YOU put into it and can't listen to what others tell you. The most important thing is what YOU think of you. Very proud of your accomplishment.
    1182 days ago
    Congratulations! That is so exciting!
    1182 days ago
    Will, that is SO incredibly exciting, congratulations!!! *HUGS*
    1182 days ago
    How inspiring. I can't wait to read your book! Thank you for sharing your story!
    1182 days ago
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