You Gotta Have A Dream
Do you have a dream to publish a book? Do want to see your name on the cover of a book? That is a good dream to have. But, is it the right dream?
I attended a seminar on using LinkedIn to improve your business. The leader of the seminar encouraged all participants to tell their story in a book. I disagree. I don’t think everyone should write a book. I also don’t think everyone should tell their stories. Mine, for example, would not be inspiring. It also wouldn’t be interesting to read.
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I had two parents, who are still alive. They were encouraging and loving. We had a house at the shore. We had a main boat and a row boat. I have siblings I see regularly. I knew three of my grandparents, one great-grandmother, great aunts and uncles on both sides of the family. Some are still alive. I saw them regularly too. I knew first, second and third cousins on both sides of the family. I had summer jobs. I enjoyed my high school and college experiences. I met my husband at college, and we are still going strong today. I never had to fight for food, fight to live or overcome major obstacles. This is not the life story that people want to read.
How This Life Led to My Dream
I am not trying to discourage you from writing a book. I am actually trying to show you that writing your story might not be your path. You still can write a book. It just might be a different book.
When I was young, my mom watched NBC news a lot. The anchor was Jessica Savage. I admired her. I wanted to be her when I got older. I liked Jessica because of what she represented. She was the point of information for people who needed to know something about their world. That is what I wanted to do. God gave me a gift to write, and I wanted to be the voice to tell the people what they needed to know. The second prong of my dream was that I wanted to publish a novel before I died. The third side to my dream triangle was that I wanted a family and a career. I have achieved all those dreams, but I did it through little steps along the way.
- I watched NBC News and admired Jessica Savage.
- I read the local paper Town Talk, which is published only in Upper Darby Township, Pa. The paper had a section where you could submit poems, stories, jokes, news, events and more. I submitted my poem “Pot of Gold.” It was published. I earned $5. I was 12. My first earnings as a writer.
- I wrote obituaries for Delaware County News for a couple of weeks.
- I was one of only two people who worked on my school newspaper for four years. I also worked on the school yearbook, writing captions and descriptions of pictures and history.
- I fought my guidance counselor who was insisting I take physics because I was smart. I had no interest in physics, nor did I think it would help me in journalism. I finally got into environmental science. Guess what happened? I became an environmental reporter, which I hadn’t known I would do at the time. I just liked it better than physics.
- I decided to change my college experience, which was lonely at the time, by joining the Catholic Student Center. I met my future husband there. I still have friends from the CSC.
- I took a summer job as a metermaid. I wrote so many tickets that summer that the city manager took notice. He offered me an internship for the next summer where I added ordinances into their main books. I had to edit them and used word processing software for the first time.
- I started my business because I was unemployed and needed income. I’m still working it.
- My business income allowed my husband and I to have the money we needed to adopt our two boys from Russia. The adoption led to my getting pregnant with our daughter.
- I was lonely in Arizona, which got me to write my first novel.
- I was inspired from my first novel, which got me to finish my second novel.
- I needed a career while we moved across the country, Maryland to Arizona and from Arizona to Maryland. I also needed a career where I could be home during school closures or when I had school challenges, such as with my son.
- My son was diagnosed with ADHD, which inspired me to write the Notorious Nick the first one is on Amazon, Notorious Nick and the Terrifying Tornado.
- Moving from Maryland to Florida expanded my opportunities for my business that I would not have had in Baltimore.
These are the experiences that led me to this point in my life and helped me find my dreams.