You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
~ Christopher Columbus
I like the above quote. It reminds me that taking a leap of faith is not without risk, but the reward can be incredible. Today is Columbus Day and history would certainly be different if ole’ Chris C. hadn’t decided to leave that familiar shore. I am sure he was more focused on the journey ahead than his place in our history books, but his willingness to risk it all, his desire to push the limits, compelled him to do something extraordinary.
We all have that potential within us. That passion to take what we imagine and make it a reality. We see it every time someone stops talking about the novel they plan to write and actually sits down to do it. It takes courage to put yourself out there and jump into uncharted water. Writing a novel is not for the timid and faint of heart!
As with every journey you have to make corrections when you drift off course and I can’t count the number of times I have been surprised by what can happen. Sometimes I love the new direction, but there are times when I have to retrace my steps to get where I need to go. It can be discouraging or exhilarating, but none of it would have happened if I hadn’t allowed myself to lose sight of the shore and step away from my comfort zone.
So, for all of you beginning your writing journey, for those that continue to pursue their dreams and for those contemplating their next published work – congratulations! Like Columbus you have the courage to pursue your dreams. What wonderful adventures await you!