Today’s post was inspired by this guest post from the Life Changing Moments Series over at My Name Is Not Bob. The post is about how one writer needed a few words of encouragement to fully pursue her writing.
Some of us are pretty strong-willed and confident and don’t need any encouragement to go for what we want. Some of us are shy and unsure and need a little push. I fess up. I think I’m somewhere in between. I’m not exactly headstrong, but I can pretty much do a lot of things on my own when I put my mind to it. I can also be a bit uncertain sometimes so during those times I do crave for a few positive words first before I can muster up the courage to do something.
I couldn’t have gone through The Jump without some encouragement from the people I care about, especially Carpet Head and my soul sisters. I remember posting on our Facebook group some months ago that I was resigning from my job and have no job waiting for me. All I got were words of encouragement. No one drilled me about what I was going to do for money. Nobody told me that I should have landed another job first before quitting. Those things were probably on their minds, but all I got were words of support and what I felt from those words was that they trusted me to be able to handle those things. I really appreciated that. The last thing I needed was to feel pressured into figuring it all out right away. I’d like to think my soul sisters knew enough to let me figure it all out in my own time.
I also appreciated how one of them was upfront about what she thought about my initial plans. When I first decided to quit my job, my initial plan was to just do my writing on the side. The plan was to find another corporate job and find a way to write during my free time. I can still remember my friend’s face when I told her that brilliant plan–which I think was a pretty logical and responsible plan. She clearly thought I wasn’t being true to myself. She didn’t shoot it down, but instead told me a story about her artist friend who used to be a total bum and is now a legit artist with gallery exhibits and all that. This friend of mine is the most free-spirited of us all and she’s the one who made me realize that crazy dreamers have to stick together.
With that I would like to send my thanks and virtual hugs to my girls! I love that we are all so supportive of each other’s craziness.
Anyway, I think it doesn’t matter if we’re the headstrong or shy type. We all need encouragement once in a while to boost our confidence or cheer us up. When was the last time you received words of encouragement from someone or gave encouragement to someone? :)
Well, that’s it for now. It’s Friday and I still have tons of work to do because I’m not planning to do any kind of work this weekend! We’re off to Subic for some beach ultimate goodness!
Have a great weekend, everyone!