I was lucky enough, as part of my job, to watch a school presentation called, "Rachel's Challenge" (for more information go to www.rachelschallenge.org I highly recommend it!!). I was amazed by this young girl's story, her accomplishments, her spirit, and the impact her life has had on others long after her passing. I was happy and eager to take up her challenge and to try to make an impact on the lives of others and even to impact my own life in the same positive way. Strangely enough this has coincided with another initiative taking place this month, called National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org) so I thought, what the heck, I'll do it! I'll write a novel. I know, it sounds crazy, it sounds like a momentous thing to try to take on, but really it's not.
I mentioned in a previous blog how I used to love to write and that this blog was my attempt to get back into that as it used to be a passion of mine. Well I guess I've decided to take the next step. I'm going to challenge myself to write a novel in a month. I don't necessarily think that it will be published or anything and it will actually require me to be quite raw in many ways as I've chosen to be quite open in terms of my writing (gonna write about what I know, me *L*). I think it's a great opportunity to take on the challenge of following a personal goal or dream. so we'll see if I can pull it off, 50,000 words in one month. Even if I don't complete it in one month..Beginning it is a wonderful place to start!. It's taking a small step to getting back that part of me that gave me a great deal of joy. it was a creative outlet that was just for me. So even if I don't write 50,000 words, maybe I'll write 10 *L*, but it's an exercise in getting out of my comfort zone, starting something that I intend to finish, and challenging myself in a new way.
I have another dream and have been challenged to write it down, because putting it in writing makes it more real, more reachable. I want to be an inspirational speaker. I don't care what about really, though I'm sure I'll find my way to something I am passionate about, but I want to reach others the way that Rachel's Challenge Presenters, among others, have inspired me. I love going into a conference, workshop, or Keynote address and leaving uplifted and passionate about something because of the speakers that have put themselves out there with a message. Sometimes one person can bring on those 'aha' moments that help us to become aware of changes we want to make or things we want to do.
Life is challenging in so many ways personally, professionally, socially, emotionally, physically, etc. etc. I could go on and on, but it's those challenges that really broaden our horizons, open us up to new opportunities, and help us to realize who we are and how we define ourselves. I see youth everyday that believe they are worthless and broken, that are torn and ravaged by life and have no idea just how special they are. They can' t see what I see, their potential masked by all that pain and sorrow. Life is challenging, and it requires effort to get through it, sometimes it easier not to make that effort. Sometimes it's easier to go with the flow and hope it just carries us along. Sometimes a challenge is placed on the ground and stepped over, sometimes the challenge is withdrawn. I understand on so many levels how challenging life can be but there are so many rewards to taking up that challenge and I think sometimes people get lost in the obstacles and the grand outcomes, instead of just taking pleasure in the small details. For example, every morning I gripe at my children in an attempt to get them out the door on time for daycare and school. Every morning it's a headache and frustrating. Every morning we leave stressed out. This morning I thought, 'OK, we're gonna be a few minutes late, again...so what?! It's a few minutes out of our whole dang lives!' I used one small opportunity and i teased smiles and laughter out of their cherubic faces. I got to see my four year old's impish smile and the sparkle in my two year old's eyes. My seven year old showed me his creativity and effort with a picture he drew this morning on the way to school. In the space of a half hour I got to experience three great treasures and their potential and all it took was a few extra minutes out of my day. Wouldn't That be the best outcome if we continued to encourage that in our children?! Sorry, I'm going off on a tangent, but it's those small bits that make up the whole. Small pieces of our lives that truly affect what and who we become. A single change in our actions can create ripples of reaction.
So that's it for me today, I've waxed poetic about life's challenges, my personal challenges, and challenge in general, but before I leave, I challenge anyone reading this to write down one thing - could be small or grandiose, but One thing, that they would like to achieve, cause it's a start. By the way, I've already started my novel..got 2000 words written already..isn't that great!!