What Are You Waiting For?
I’ve always wanted to be writer. In fact, for as long as I can remember, I’ve written.
I wrote in a diary when I was seven. I wrote papers and stories in junior high and high school. I majored in English literature in college. I got a job in marketing where I was able to do some copywriting.
And, because I wasn’t great at being in the corporate world and needed to moan about it, I took to writing in a diary again though, as an adult, it’s called journaling and the writing this time was much less peppy than when I was writing as a second grader.
If you had asked me when I was 21 and fresh out of college what my dream job was, I would have said writing articles for magazines. I didn’t pursue that, though. I think I was intimidated by what I thought of as a glamorous job reserved for up and comers in Manhattan. I was living in the grunge era of Seattle and perhaps I just didn’t feel I fit the part. So, I did other work.
If you had asked me when I was 31 and had just had my first child what my dream job was, I would have said writing articles for magazines. I didn’t pursue that, though. I started a small coaching business which did pretty well from the outset and left me little time to think about writing. Plus, having a new baby just didn’t seem like a fit for what I perceived to be the short deadlines in the life a freelance writer. Besides, I felt like I had waited too long to begin.
If you had asked me when I was 41 and in the middle of writing a book what my dream job was, I would have said writing articles for magazines. I didn’t pursue that, though. I was writing a book and keeping my fingers crossed that, as an unknown first-time author, I’d be able to get it published. I kept writing, found a fabulous co-author. Together we found an agent who in turn found us a publisher and, voila, we are now published authors.
I’m now 43 and finally pursuing my dream of writing articles for magazines. Perhaps because of my past experience, perhaps because of my courage to finally chase the dream, and perhaps because now is finally the right time with regard to my family life, I just got hired to write my first feature article for a magazine. I hope it’s the first of many. After all, I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this.
What about you? What are you waiting for? What keeps you from following your writing dreams? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
[guestpost]Erin Baebler is the co-author of Moms Mean Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur. She coaches women through her company, Magnolia Workshop, and writes every chance she gets. [/guestpost]