Judging by the quotes I’ve chosen over the last few weeks, I’m considering changing the name of this series to ‘Therapy for Friday’ 🙂
Maybe it’s because so many major changes have occurred in my life recently that I feel compelled to choose quotes that force me to open up and give voice to some of the tough times I’ve faced in my life so far. My childhood was far from easy and I learned at a young age that life would often chew you up, spit you out and then stamp on what was left of you just for good measure.
Being a product of a troubled childhood results in two major groups: those who survive and those who allow the darkness of their past to consume them. It’s much easier to give up and blame the lack of progress in your life on the fact that you had a crappy time as a child, and for some people that’s enough to get them through the day.
Not me, though.
In order to survive, you need to learn to take the punches – both the literal and metaphorical ones – as they come. Sometimes you might stumble and fall, but you get back up. Repeatedly.
Because you have no other choice.
Writing, as in life, is often hard work and you need to be strong enough to take the criticisms and rejections that will come your way, using them to spur you on rather than beating you down. You need the inner steel and determination to carry on, even when the road seems long and hard. Maybe that’s why so many writers come from backgrounds that aren’t all that happy. After all, who would willingly subject themselves to the criticisms of not only their inner demons, but people out there in the world itself?
While there is something slightly perverse about willingly risking your heart with your writing, there is also something wonderfully liberating about it too.