I am Afrikaans speaking but I am not a big fan of Afrikaans music at all. There is one band that is worth listening to, though. The band is called Kaleidoskoop. I am sharing a video of their one song "Bang Jan Dooie Man" or loosely translated "Scared man, dead man". It is a play on the phrase "rather scared than dead". The song is about taking your chances, doing what you would like to do. Don't be afraid: go out and get it.
Bang Jan, Dooie Man from Pierre F Lombard on Vimeo.
Why do I share this? What does this have to do with writing?
In my experience writing is one of the things that people rather don't do than do wrong. I know this is basically what I said yesterday. But it is something that was brought home to me quite powerfully the past while. There are so many reasons not to do something. "I am not qualified", "I am no good at it". In the past, I would have agreed that those are good reasons. I know that sometimes we should not do something because it is a really bad idea but there are so many things we miss out on because we are too afraid, or too caught up in the expectations people have of you.
One of the lines in the song translates to "Do you only follow the well-trodden path, marked with road signs, where others went before you? Or do make your own path where your heart leads you?"
My heart leads me to write. For me it is great, uncharted waters. It is really scary to do it. But that is no reason to not do it. Actually, it is the main reason why I should do it. It is a challenge.
Go ahead, challenge yourself. What are you afraid of?
Do you sometimes feel like you can just give up because it is too hard? What do you do to keep going?