Success for Thought?

Sometimes high hopes and vivid dreams are the fog that cause us to stumble through life. We spend more time planning than we do reacting that sometimes we don’t see the ground reaching up to embrace us. How do we balance this? How can we dream of the future and yet focus on our present without having to sacrifice something? This question is haunting, but it’s our doubts that remind us that we are human, that we are falible. Tripping up the mountain of success keeps us humble where our scars are concerned. Some sacrifices must be made, it is a demand that must be met. Whether it’s to go on alone or setting aside another dream, the choice is never easy. A sacrifice isn’t always so dramatic, however. It may mean less time spent with a loved one or less focus on that dream of yours, but they are still with you and there will be days where your priorities should be reversed for them. Success is a bitter taste without the elegance of a happy life. If I were given a choice between success and a family, I would choose family. If I am to be successful I’ll dig into the dirt with my bare hands, place the seeds, water and wait. If my resolve is strong and my intent true, it will grow.

If there are no ties holding you from flying, then let yourself soar. Brush the clouds with your fingertips as your wings are painted gold in the shimmering sunlight, but don’t forget the ground, far below, where you once kissed the mud. Failures are the fires that lift us from ash of complacency and hope is the wind that steals us away. Our past makes us. It starts with our childhood, our parents, memories, the wrongs we’ve done or witnessed, the pain we’ve felt. All of it. The day you forget our past is the day you forget yourself. Don’t bleed yourself out by asking yourself, “what if?” The past is a reference, not a mandate. Understand it and use it to drive you forward.

Take your time when making a decision. Wars are waged on impulse but the battles are fought by the disciplined. If an opportunity presents itself you may jump through the window without looking but it’s the landing that will dictate the future. If your choice has you falling out of a second story window you either panic and plummet to the ground or you tuck and roll. Whatever you are faced with there is always a choice and where you go after your initial decision is up to you. The first decision is always the most important. Perhaps you should have looked down.

Fixating on a past mistake can consume your integrity toward your next decision. If you feel you should have, indeed, looked down, then remember that the next time your faced with a decision. Use the phrase as a handhold, as a literary symbol. If after a few months you find yourself needing to commit, look down. Take some time to think about the situation. Understand the possibilities of a simple choice, but don’t wait too long. Hesitation is the cause of most missed opportunities. Windows close more often than the open.

An Expressing Deluge

How does one dispel the illusion of social limitations? The only plausible way is by attempting to exceed it. I know what you are thinking. “How can you exceed a limitation?” My answer is another question, one to ponder: What do you consider a limitation? Let’s consider my own seemingly limited social foundation. I have a handful of close friends, whom I am very supporting of and familiar, and am infinitely loyal towards as they are me. Beyond them is a small constellation of friends that I have either known a long time or consider respectable individuals to hold small conversations with every now and again. The stars that shine beyond are outside my social interest or reach. I generally keep my thoughts to myself, afraid to express my emotions for fear of misinterpretation, which is why I sometimes reflect the persona of apathy and sardonicism only to add an afterthought both profound and assertive. This way I share my thoughts while guarding my insecurities.

However, to a writer this can be damaging. A writer must be free to write how he or she feels without feeling the need to accommodate the ever judging populace that surf the waves of the internet. When you build a structure beside the ocean you want it to withstand the impending storms that dance in the distance rather than flee and rebuild every time a swell happens upon it. The same goes for a writer. A writer must have steadfast beliefs and a logical perspective towards opinions, else they would easily be lifted on an upsurge of contempt and drown in failure. Thusly, a writer must be open to change. A story may be too emotional or emotionless. Sometimes it is necessary for a writer to express from a differing point-of-view, even if it conflicts with their own.

Some lucky souls find their way through the dark when they happen upon a light of recognition. This does not mean that it is not deserved. Others, however, must make due by using their hands and feeling their way into the light. Some never make it out of the dark. The most important aspect of a writer’s work is to provide inspiration, to be a light of their own brilliance. Knowing that your words were able to reach someone when they may have needed it most; the feeling is near indescribable. Not to limit that it only reaches so far as strangers without faces. Confidence in your work and the effort itself may inspire those closest to a writer such as friends and loved ones.  We all sometimes wish to be the catalyst that sparks the wick aflame. That feeling is what drives a writer’s passion: Conveying the initiative to reach out and inspire.