With regard to bending on my decisions to pursue my dreams? My response is a triumphant “I think not!”
Interestingly enough, I knew when I first made up my mind to pursue something I started working on a long time ago that there were going to be some disappointments and a lot of nay-saying. I knew I’d face some possible discouragement, too — from the online community and beyond that.
What I didn’t pencil into my plans at the time was how I was going to prepare for that. But the time to implement and execute that game plan is right now. While I will not profess to be any kind of a science buff, I do know that the Law of Physics tells us that there is an “equal and opposite reaction for every action.” And so, it would be silly of me to think that I could step out on faith and move forward with new projects and not face backlash of some sort.
That backlash came in my general direction as I was recently conducting some independent research, only to find a number of sources that frown upon “dreamers”, such as myself. There is certainly no shortage of articles, opinions, and blogs about folks who branch out on their own to do the unconventional in terms of independent or freelance work. And rightly so — I mean, they can think or say whatever they wish, after all. It’s just discouraging when you read that stuff, you know?
Now, let me clarify what I mean by the term “dreamer.”
In no way am I insinuating that I am some odd clairvoyant-type with underworldly powers. No, indeed. When I use that term, I just simply mean that I have finally made up my mind to actively and aggressively pursue several independent projects that I have always dreamed of working on (it does have more meaning to me than that, but that is another blog altogether). By the grace of God, I am blessed with the opportunity, time, and space to put those plans into action, and thus, I am.
My immediate focus, however, is to pray about it and push through anyway, despite the negative feedback that’s out there. If I can encourage or help someone else along the way, that’s an added bonus. A free gift with purchase, if you will. In the very same way that I can decide on what to eat for lunch, I can likewise decide whether I will accept the negative over the positive, or vice-versa.
Personally, I think I’ll take a heaping dish of positive thinking today with a side of “Let’s do this.”
Besides…I never really was good at doing the limbo anyway.
Have a great afternoon y’all,