I know, I know. It can be hard to pin down the most perfect set of syllables you’ve ever heard. But deep down you know what they are, even if you haven’t implemented them.
They could be massive, mind-blowing pieces of advice, or something you probably would have missed if you were lost in a daydream. The answer is different for everyone. It all depends on who you are, where you are from, where you want to be and how to get there.
For me, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. The voice of fear will sit uncomfortably on my shoulder, smugly and so far from silently it makes my blood boil. It will say, “Don’t do that… you’ll fail” or “You’re not good enough”. And for some of you, that voice overrides all others. You won’t hear the praise, compliments, encouraging words. And this is where I stop you. Why would you listen to that?
Think about it. If this was a boyfriend or girlfriend of yours – no wait, not yours, your best friend’s (because we all know it’s easier to see other people’s relationships clearer than our own), would you let that voice keep talking? Not a chance. That voice is the murderer of all voices. I give you full permission to pull a Dexter and kill that voice. (*Quick interruption: if you haven’t watched Dexter, you probably should. It’s hilariously intriguing and brilliant… anyway, back to the topic at hand.)
I may be better at dishing out advice than actually taking it myself, but I’m working on killing my bad voice. I think I’ve always been pretty good at trying things even if I’m fearful, but self-doubt occasionally creeps in.
So, what were the wisest words someone has ever said to me? Well, if you know me, you know who those words came from…. and that would be my mother. Mother of all mothers, she really does know what to say and when to say it. But a golden one will be her nonchalant, beautiful, free words: “Ooo awesome. Yes! Just do it!”
It’s like clockwork. I’ll think of an idea and she’ll support it. She’s my story board for everything. I’ll empty my thoughts onto her and she’ll give me honest, amazing (and sometimes brutal) feedback. And even if something’s not quite right, she’ll guide me to a fix.
If you don’t have someone like that, find one. Or keep reading my blog, I’m happy to be that person… it’s the reason I made this blog.
So hi. I’m Sally. I’m a writer, just like millions of other writers in this city, but I think I have what it takes because, screw it, I’m trying.
We’ll see where this blog takes me, but in the meantime, stay tuned for some feel-good posts, fun reviews, random shit, and stories that I couldn’t keep hidden.