2013 was the year I vowed was for me, not because I depended upon luck, but because I promised myself to make things better. I was stuck in the shadows of my past as they tore away at me day by day. I was becoming hollow, a mere figment of the person I once was.
I wasn’t the type to create resolutions year upon year that I already knew I wouldn’t keep. Determination couldn’t succeed if belief and willpower wasn’t behind it. Why set yourself up for a fall?
I didn’t. I succeeded because I believed in myself to not give up, not this time. Being ambitious and determined didn’t make me naive, it made me dangerous.
A person with a dream and a goal was far more likely to succeed than somebody who didn’t.
Who was the fool now?
Like a Phoenix I rose from the ashes of my buried past, and made the year better.
I hadn’t set out to write my debut novel this year, but like a sequence of events everything clicked together. The pattern that formed soon after was what led me here. The secret?
Reading. Never underestimate the power of a good book. It led me to write mine, to create this blog, and most importantly to connect with others in the wonderful writing community.
While they may not be resolutions, I do have a plan for the writing year ahead:
- January 1st will be the day I begin writing the sequel to my novel Nature’s Destiny. I’m super excited about extending the journey that begins in my debut, and I cannot wait to expand on the ideas I’ve had rolling around my mind for the past few months.
- Nature’s Destiny will be published. I’m nearing the end of my editing process, and will soon be depending on my beta readers.
While I cannot promise to know exactly what will happen in the long-term future, I do know that I’ll make the most of it. Why? Because being optimistic has given me the better outlook on life. The time I wasted trapped in the past changed my perception. The clock continues to tick whether I want it to or not, only now there isn’t a minute I want to waste.
Writing has become the essence of my being, and I’ll make sure it has a place in my future.
2013 was my year. Will 2014 be yours?