"If at first you don't succeed, try try again."
Okay first of all, shoving your work out there for judgment is nerve racking, and I mean seriously nerve racking. There may be some exceptionally steely people who don't feel like running for the bathroom when they hear the words "Writing competition", and my hat goes flying off to them. I am decidedly not one of those people. No, I'm the "spends-days-wondering-if-I-sent-the-right-manuscript" type person. I'm the "I'm totally going to fail" thinking girl.
I have learned something along the way. I mean, I'm not freak-out free, but I like to think I'm getting a little better. (Note the use of the words "I like to think") Seriously, I have learned something that's helped me out. Three somethings actually.
1) I fail every single day
2) But I have also succeeded
3) Freaking out doesn't fix it
It sounds cliché, but the truth is we were all born with the will to do something big with our lives. We were born with the ability to dream, and even though "reaching for the stars" is a rocky road, we can do it with God by our side. We will fail but we will also succeed and freaking out about things that we are not in control of isn't going to help anything. What I'm trying to say is that we each have a God-given talent and it is our responsibility to use it. I'll admit here and now that sometimes I can get lazy with my writing, but it is on me and no one else. I know I have written a post similar to this, but it is my belief that it's something people have to realize. Life is worth it because of many things, and that includes the gift of talent given to all of us.
Do not be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone. Do not be afraid to try something intimidating, and when you do that, hand it over to God and trust Him to work out exactly what needs to happen.
Until next time!