Keep Going

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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Keep Going
A case for hope.

“Hope,” she said to the class. “All of us have it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t all be sitting here today because we wouldn’t have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Whether we realize it or not, we all have hope.”

I didn’t feel like I had a whole lot of hope at that point. Or perhaps I had too much hope for the wrong things. I wanted to be a writer (that’s why I was taking the Creative Writing class), but I didn’t think I had any chance of becoming one. Therefore, I was pursuing a degree in law. Surely, if I became a lawyer, I’d be able to make my writing career happen. I wouldn’t have to wait for the approval of everyone around me. I could just do it on my own.

I had dreams of going to law school at Stanford, falling in love with California, and opening up my own practice there. I researched law firms in San Francisco where I had hope I could make my start.

All the while, I was forgetting to have hope for what was already true.

I didn’t have to wait to become a writer. I didn’t need the approval of anyone except myself to get started. I just had to get started and keep going.

I realized I had been building dreams for a dream, and using the false dreams as an excuse to keep me from pursuing my real dream. It was completely ridiculous.

But I’m not the only one who makes excuses, and elaborate plans of distraction. I think most of us have something we’re afraid to accomplish, something we’re afraid to pursue. We’re afraid because it matters.

Don’t let your fear destroy your hope. Have hope that you will accomplish your dreams. Have hope that keeps you going. Stop making excuses and distracting yourself with plans. Start paying attention and reach for your dreams right now. Trust me, you’re a lot closer to reaching them than you think. All you have to do is start, and never stop.

Keep going.

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