The Space Between

Last night I sat down to start writing this post just as the red carpet coverage for the Grammy’s began.  I watched as various artists were asked who they were excited to meet and see perform.  It was so wonderful to see so many become a giddy fan as they noted their must see list.  They had that glint in their eyes of pure magic and wonder, of the immense joy as they were able to reap the benefits of all their hard work.

In that moment I was reminded that, yes, for so many of us working at our craft, day in and day out, it would be amazing to have one of those experiences.  To be able to be recognized as the artist we know in our hearts we are, even if 99.9% of the world doesn’t.  But that experience will never become a reality without the journey and work behind it.  If I want that moment I have to keep going, keep working every day.  There are some artists that reach that point early in their lives.  Then there are those who have to travel the path much longer before they get there.  They are the ones I look to for inspiration.


I know there are people who shake their heads as they see me working my 9-5  but yet still determined to one day be able to make a living as a writer one day.

You have a good job, you can support your family.  Why are you still chasing the same dream you had at 19?  Its been 20 years…let it go.

I can’t.  
I won’t.  
For me it is because this is not just a dream.  A dream you wake up from.  A dream ends.  This I will never give up on.  Yes, I may faulter.  Yes, I may have moments where the I allowed the doubts to cloud my way. But I know this is who I am and what I am meant to be. 

I am a writer.

This great big world just hasn’t been introduced to what I can do yet.  But it will.


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  1. Debbie Asencio Dominguez
    700 days ago

    Bravo sweet cousin. I agree, never give up on your dreams. I am living proof and it has been thirty something years for me. Working my toosh off, soon to be an RN!

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