“Don’t just chase your dream, I want you to catch it!”
I heard that line in a movie and it spoke to me the first time I heard it, a year ago. Then I watched the DVD last night and it spoke to me again.
I knew I had to do this!
I knew it because I have been getting messages in other ways too. Okay, I am listening.
And I am acting on it!
I dug out my bin of writing. My folders, notebooks, scribbled notes, my manuscripts of children’s picture book series.
I was inspired to write many years ago after my first grandchild was born; he’s a freshman in high school now, O.M.G.
And I have 3 more grandkids now!
So I started writing. My husband sort of laughed at the idea, was not supportive at all and pretty much poo poo’d it. He told me I’d never get published.
I wrote anyway.
And I didn’t get published.
We then divorced, I moved back to my hometown, I started dating, and both my parents died within a few short months of each other. This all happened in less than a year.
I gave up my dream. I lost my muse. I lost my imagination. I was just lost. So I packed all my writings in a bin, and pushed them to the back of my closet.
Over the years I would occasionally scribble a note on my to-do list to pull out that bin, but I never did. I kept thinking about the discouraging words the ex would say to me. I remembered all the rejection letters.
One letter is still vivid; they told me that my manuscript resembled a movie that was at the time, quite popular. I never saw the movie and had no idea what it was about. I thought that was why everyone else rejected it too.
I really was devastated. I mean, why would a dream be given to me and placed in my heart if it was not to happen.
But lately, I have been getting messages, little pokes and nudges that I need to try again. I pulled the bin out, spread out all my manuscripts and left the inspiration flow through me.
Last night I was snuggled on the sofa and I decided to watch a movie (I’m a homebody and slightly boring). When I watched that DVD last night and heard that line again, I knew.
This is real.
I am going in this with a heart filled with hope. Follow your dreams. And catch it!