Hard Roads…Pursuing the Dream

The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.

-Steven Pressfield

The War of Art”

Whether you are a writer, artist or entrepreneur we’ve all had times when our momentum has waned; when our mojo is just tapped out.  The path it seems is littered with missed steps.

I’ve recently felt myself faltering.  I’ve lost my stride and catch myself stumbling more often than not.  It is disheartening.  It is lonely.  Friends and family sometimes understand and can help get you back on track, but there are also the well-intended responses of “relax”, “take a break”, or my favorite, “it’s not that serious.”  In the midst of struggle these words become dismissive of what I am feeling and offer little comfort.  But to their credit it is not their journey.  It is mine and mine alone.  And regardless of what others have to say, either good or bad, the perseverance and drive will live and die within me.

One of the hardest things to do, second to getting up the nerve to follow your dream, is to keep your momentum going once you’ve started.  The pursuit of your dreams is a slow and arduous road and is by no means for the faint of heart.  Much is sacrificed along the way but there is even more to be gained.

My passion fuels me but it also keeps me up at night when I know that I’ve half-heartedly accomplished something.  Self-doubt can cripple in the wee hours of the night while everyone else is sleeping.  But for all my uncertainty, I am still confident that this will pass as long as I keep pushing myself.  If I’m consistent the ideas and inspiration will come.  I will not lose faith because I know in my core this is the path I was meant to follow.

So what’s my point in writing this?  It is simply this, I know I’m not the only one feeling this way.  There is a Dreamer, a Believer, a Hustler, and a Grinder all out there struggling.  So to you, my fellow warriors, keep your heads up and stay the course.  These difficult times will test your resolve, but will only break you if you let it.  Remember why you started.