As I cross the one-hundredth threshold (perhaps a little later than I hoped), I congratulate myself for all the work I have done at The Pen-Dragon. Since I started this blog at the beginning of my study abroad in London, in the first days of 2014, I have loved writing and sharing my voice on the craft that has become a livelihood not a hobby. But at one-hundred posts to-date, I see a future where there is still much to be said, much to be written. I have arrived at a time when the path to achieve my ambitions is beginning to arrange itself. And the path is going to be hard. I welcome it. Nothing worthy is achieved without earning it. That being said, I wanted to speak briefly on forging new paths, and how people need to be careful when responding to the plans of people’s ambitions.
Everybody is so quick to tell you when something is hard. This happened to me recently while I’m exploring the boundaries of my career outside of writing. I don’t need to be told something is hard. What isn’t hard? If there were things that were easy, then everybody would be doing them! In fact, I should want it to be hard. That’s how I know I’m on to something great because not everybody will be doing it. I can be a pioneer not an inheritor of what is established. Other will be discouraged by the difficulty, the unconventional, the rare, the untapped.
What people forget to mention is that the hard thing can be so much easier to accomplish with encouragement, support, and a willingness to help should I need aid. The caution those give to people prepared to embark on something difficult, something worthy of their passion is, I admit, not without good intention. However, when you’re standing behind a child about to dive on their own for the first time do you say, “oh that’s a hard thing to do”? As a swim coach myself, I say: NEVER. There are fewer crippling words to a first-timers’ ears than telling them diving is hard. No shit it is. They already know. What they need is a firm hand, a supportive voice, and a well of patience to instruct them, prepare them on how to achieve what they want.
By confiding in my ambition to do something that’s obviously hard, I’m secretly acknowledging my insecurity about the choice. It’s up to my confidant to recognize my apprehension and to prevent me from backing away from the edge of board.
Here’s to one-hundred more posts to The Pen-Dragon.