Still sorting through the last of my moving boxes, I came across a tub filled with resource and stimulus materials that I have been collecting for nearly 12 years …since I downsized the last time…then upsized again!
For a millisecond I considered keeping some bits and pieces, but that would mean spending time sorting through the box.
I surprised myself by putting 99% of it in the recycling bin.
Normally there would be a little voice in my head demanding that I keep it all, that it was in fact the key to all my future success… but this time, the voice was very quiet and may even have intimated that dumping it all would free me from my old style should I decide one day to pick up a paint brush.
The 1% I kept consisted of a painting I made in 1997 and a little piece of paper a friend gave me a few years back. It reads dream it, know it, believe it but then activate it. You are the only person who can do this for you. Just believing the dream is not enough, live in it, create it, you have to do the dream.
I wonder why I didn’t register this very important information when she gave it to me? 😩 She saw I was working on my art and encouraged me to make a plan to take it as far as I could. I guess I did that – take it as far as I could.
Thankfully I understand what she meant now and I’m applying it to my writing. It’s now or never.
Thank goodness I decided months ago that now is the time for perseverance, for grit, for consistency. And thank goodness I followed through.
I’m slowly working my way through everything written by Robert Mckee. One thing that shocked me was that he said he had often had equal part women and men in his writing classes in the 80s, but while the men often went on to get their movies made, the women struggled. He put this down to lack of perseverance and the inability to handle criticism. While I’m not going to dispute his obviously expert opinion, we know now that this was not the only reason women struggle to get far in Hollywood. Times are changing.