Current Reading: Just…take a guess. You know if you’re paying attention to these posts lol
Current inspiration: Never Enough – Loren Allred
So this has been a very long two weeks. Personal life has kept me from the blog and writing in general. I have a conundrum. readers. I am part of two writer’s groups. Ink and Quill is mine, as many of you know but I also joined a group hosted by the amazing ladies at Holl & Lane. If you have never heard of them, check them out. There’s a brutal honesty to their magazine that I appreciate and love. I have been a fan of the magazine since its inception. They recently started a group titled H&L writes. It’s ten a month for a support system, prompts and article submission. If you’re looking for a community, go for it. These guys are awesome.
So here is my conundrum, these lovely ladies have given me a word prompt and I have an image prompt from Ink and Quill that’s been bugging me. In part for fiction, in part for just the imagery behind it. So…let’s do both today, shall we?
Holl & Lane has bravely asked us about fear and what it means to us. The following is the image from Ink and Quill:
So, to me, the image holds a quiet strength in the face of adversity. To me there is a determination in this woman’s eyes that says, “You know what, screw this, I’m doing it”. Fear is normal. Fear is healthy to a point. Fear helps us acknowledge when we are at our limit and when we need to push forward anyway. When the question came up on Holl & Lane, I thought about it and this acronym came to mind:
Forget Everything And Rise
I spent a large part of my life giving into that fear and never pursuing the things I always wanted. Honestly, too long and too many reflections to consider in a single blog post. So, I try. I don’t always succeed. I stumble but I keep going. I refuse to give in. If it matters, I keep fighting as long as I can. The hardest part for me in this scenario is learning when to let it be; learning when it’s out of my hands.
I would not be where I am if I had not stopped giving in. The older I get the more I realize how much I hate wasted time. So, my dears this is my advice to you. Acknowledge it. Acknowledge its purpose in the process of your life. Keep going if you can. If it scares you, you move forward. Sometimes the big scary thing isn’t as bad as you thought it might be. Other times, you might be at the edges of your limit. That’s why you acknowledge fear, you measure its purpose. The choices are not always easy but what worth having really is?
That’s my take on it guys, how do you handle your fear? Do you grab it by the horns and deal or do you take a different approach? Tell me in the comments. 🙂