There are people out there who will tell you you shouldn’t write a book. They’ll give you a thousand reasons. You won’t sell any copies. You can’t make any money. Thousands of other people are already doing it better than you.
But do you know what I think about those people? I think they are short-sighted.
Well-meaning, maybe, but ultimately, wrong.
I don’t think you should listen to them. I think you should write your book anyway, despite what they say. I think you should show them—and that book—who’s boss.
A few years ago I ran a marathon.
It was 2009 when I first started training. I was new to running, so I got a little over-zealous and injured myself during those first few months. I couldn’t run my race as planned. I had to wait through my injury, my healing and a grueling season of recovery before I could train again.
When I was finally able to run a few years later, it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.
It was also one of the most important personal achievements of my life.
I am not going to be a professional runner someday. I did not win any prizes. I wasn’t even in the realm of getting any kind of press. I ran anyway because there’s something really powerful about having the desire to do something and putting your mind to it until it’s accomplished.
Huzzah. Go me. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
People told me I should quit.
On multiple occasions, people would tell me things like, “this is really bad for your body. You should probably just give up.” Or, “not everybody is built to be a runner, you know. Maybe you should throw in the towel.”
And you know what the best moment of the whole process was? Watching their faces when I stumbled over the finish line.
Look who “wasn’t built for running” but did it anyway.
I know what it feels like to have a thousand people telling you you can’t do something that you really want to do, something you’ve always wanted to do. I know what it feels like to have something burning inside of you and feel like you have to find a way to get it out.
I know. I’ve been there. It’s awful.
But, here’s the thing. I’ve also been on the other side of it. I’ve crossed the finish line. And there is no amount of money or pain or suffering that compares to that feeling—the feeling of finally seeing your dream come to life.
So tell the naysayers to shut up. It’s time to get started. There will never be a better time. It will never get any easier. It will be worth the money and time and energy. Every bit of it. I swear.
It will heal you.
You’ll discover yourself in the process.
You may not sell a million copies. You probably won’t make a million bucks. But you know what John Steinbeck said when writing East of Eden? He said, “Even if I knew nothing would emerge from this book, I would still write it.” Something incredible happens when we give ourselves to the writing process. The possibilities are endless.
What about you? Will you write your book?
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And “write your book” doesn’t mean just write your book. It can also be an analogy for your life.
Love this post! It’s all about stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing something that propels and inspires other positive changes and accomplishments in your life!
This post is so timely, Allison! Thank you for putting it out there. I shared my desire to write a book with some friends recently and was a bit disappointed with their response. I’m going to print out your post and re-read it when I start to doubt myself. 🙂
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