Today is actually my Bug’s sixth birthday. It’s a big day for him and for our family in general. He’s my parents’ first grandbaby and our first child. On top of that, he was a big motivator to my writing.
I have always wanted to write. There was never a day where I wasn’t writing or thinking about writing. The written word is my life and first love (I love you, Will!). It is tough finding a motivator outside of family or friends. And, yes, technically Bug being my big motivator is not outside of the family, but he is different.
Bug is different because six years ago, he was just an infant. He didn’t know or care what I was doing or what I wanted to be. He only cared about a clean booty, warm body, and full tummy. But I knew that one day he would have a dream. He would want to strive to be someone or do something that was an integral part of him.
Just the way I am about writing.
I remember holding that tiny little boy and talking to him while changing that diaper. I remember telling him that one day I was going to write and finish a book. I remember telling him that I was going to be published and work my hardest to show him that if you keep fighting, your dreams will come true.
My dreams aren’t complete and I don’t think they ever will be, but I’m writing and I will continue to write. It’s surprising how much I got done in six years and I know I can do more. I credit a lot of my hard work to a ton of people, but it was my desire to prove to Bug that he shouldn’t settle that has me continue writing and striving to do better.
What does Bug want to be? Well, for a few years now he’s been saying a police officer. Since I was three or four knowing I was going to be a writer, I have a feeling he’s definite about this one. I also know that I’m not going to let him stop and settle. I’m going to push him and encourage him.
And for everyone who hasn’t reached their goals, keep going. If it matters to you, it matters to the world. You aren’t alone in feeling you can’t do something, but if you do something then you are that much closer to achieving greatness.