Do You Have the Courage?
This is my November submission for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group. For those NaNo-nites out there reading...happy writing!
Do you have the courage to sing along with your favorite song…even when you’re listening on headphones in a crowded room?
Do you have the courage to wear in public what’s comfortable…not necessarily fashionable?
When faced with choosing between the popular path and one less traveled, do you have the courage to make a trail of your own?
You may trust your instincts, even your judgment, but do you have the courage to trust your emotions?
Do you have the courage to speak up for those who are afraid or unable, to speak for themselves?
Do you have the courage to admit that sometimes there is a difference between being wrong…and not being right?
Do you have the courage to realize that a single friend willing to stand by you through thick and thin is worth a 1000 Facebook friends?
If you’re comfortable with your body and your health, do you have the courage to order desert when everyone else declines?
If you have children, do you have the courage to let them learn from their own mistakes?
Do you have the courage to admit to your parents that you made a mistake?
Do you have the courage to realize that doing something for yourself, isn’t always selfish?
If you come across a stranger who looks to be having a terrible day, do you have the courage to give them hug and bring a smile to their face?
When you’re told that “shit happens”, do you have the courage to reply with “not to those who pay attention.”
Although today’s pain may be unbearable, do you have the courage to let it become tomorrow’s strength?
Do you have the courage…to question someone else’s?
Finally...you need to know that your passage to eventual publication is fraught with rejection, ridicule, up-turned noses, crushing setbacks, self-doubt, self-loathing, frazzled nerves, agonizing waits, and paralyzing second-guessing. Do you have the courage?