A few months ago, I felt the urge to write a book. A book somewhat based on my main blog, for colored gurls. However, I kind of thought I should wait to write it because I wanted the book to cater to the 20-something crowd; I felt I needed some more life experience so to speak. The urge would not leave me though.
One morning on Twitter, I
made the mistake of telling tweeted that I was thinking about writing a book. I received all these positive responses (did I tell ya'll how much I *heart* my tweeple?), and a couple of people asked me what I was waiting on. That did it. I began to ask myself, Well, what am I waiting on? I honestly couldn't think of a good enough excuse reason to wait so I decided to go ahead and at least start. Yes, I'm still scared; yes, I don't exactly feel this is the "right time" (whatever that means), but I figured I really didn't have a good reason to wait.
I was also kind of thinking of someone who could collaborate with me on this book. I really didn't have a particular reason for wanting to work with LaKesha, aside from the fact that she's a great writer and blogger, but it was like, as cliche as it sounds, God wanted me to do it with her. I know it sounds strange, but I really, truly feel that way. So I had to tell her. Of course, I'm thinking that LaKesha's going to think I'm absolutely crazy because this is pretty random. I mean, I know her through Twitter and The BOSS Network, but we've never met in real life, and I've only talked to her once on the phone. Long story, short, we talked about it this week, and we're going to be working together! That was a relief, and although I'm still a little anxious, I'm very excited, and I look forward to us working together and the end product.
I wrote all that to say this: There will be times in your life when you're scared to do something-- maybe you want to write a book, too, start a business, change careers-- and you may not be able to actually get over your fear. And when this happens, when you just can't shake that scared feeling, you just have to feel the fear and jump in, feet first. You can't wait for anxiety to subside and then start; you have to go ahead and start anyway. Eventually, you'll get over the fear...or not...but it's okay because either way, you're doing it...and that's all that matters.
Peace & Blessings,
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