“If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted…would you capture it, or just let it slip?”
-Eminem, Lose Yourself
Life is a lot. Almost too much. Sometimes it is.
You’ve got obligations and commitments, responsibilities and deadlines, to-do lists and chores… So much to do and nowhere near enough time in a day. Nowhere near enough time in a life.
On top of it all, you have these goals, these desires, these wishes. You have these dreams of a better life for you, your family, your future. But God those dreams can be hard to reach. It’s like the worst phone connection in the world. I keep calling and calling…but no matter how many times I dial that number, nobody wants to pick up. Makes me feel like I’m lost in the middle of nowhere.
& when life builds up and gets so, so heavy, sometimes I just feel like giving in and letting myself be crushed.
When the storms turn into floods, and I’m doing everything just to keep my nose above the surface, sometimes I want to just stop swimming and let myself sink to the bottom.
& even when I’m so hungry for my dreams, sometimes I’d rather just starve.
Can I tell you a secret?
Sometimes…for a slivered moment…I do quit. “Fuck it,” I say, tossing my pad and pen onto the desk and walking away. But it’s never more than a few minutes before I find myself right back in that chair, pen in hand, scribbling away like a mad scientist into the late night.
I can’t turn away, because I realize how empty I feel without this. This is all I have.
You take away my lifetime dreams and my daily goals, and I don’t have much left. Those two things right there are my only friends–the only two things that are always there no matter what.
“Sometimes I just feel like quitting; I still might. Why do I put up this fight? Why do I still write? Sometimes it’s hard enough just dealing with real life.”
-Eminem, 8 mile road
Whenever you feel like quitting, just take a step away from whatever it is you’re doing. Maybe you’re burnt out. Take a break and do something to relax. While you’re doing that, remember what it was that put you on the path toward your dreams in the first place. Then look forward. Envision where it is you’re trying to go, and try to imagine that you’ve already made it…
You feel that? That profound and euphoric sense of success and accomplishment that makes you wanna pop a champagne bottle?
Good. Remember that feeling. Remember it when you feel like quitting. And always remember why you started.
“Success is my only motherf*cking option–failure’s not.”
Kindle edition of The Author goes live this Thursday, October 25th. Print edition is readily available.
Thanks to everyone who’s purchased a copy thus far. Much love.
To find a review of my book by reviewer Cristian Mihai, click HERE 🙂