The Sacrifices We Make
We all have dreams. In order to achieve those dreams we must work hard, and that hard work requires time and dedication. That time sometimes comes at a price though.
Like a lot of things in life, you have to give up something in order to get something in return. The same goes for writing, or any long-term commitment/goal. We have to make personal sacrifices to devote ourselves to our dreams.
I give up social time, gym time, me time. I give up making calls and texting with family and friends. I give up family/relationship time. I pull from these times and pour myself into writing. I've sacrificed bonding with my kids, connecting with friends, and communicating with my spouse. Has it gone badly at times? Yes. Has it been hard on my kids? Sometimes. I have loads of mommy guilt about this. Has it strained my relationship with my husband? At times. But has it worked out overall? I think so. How can I tell? Because I can answer this question: Is. It. Worth. It?
Is INSERT YOUR DREAM HERE worth the sacrifices you make?
For me, my dream is to become a published author and my answer is a resounding yes. The reasons behind that "yes" will be different for everyone but, for me, writing fills a space inside me that nothing else has ever filled. Writing lets me feel alive in a way that doesn't make sense to anyone else but another writer. Writing has let me surrender myself to something bigger. So much of publishing is out of my hands, I'm learning to let go of what I can't control. My husband has said he's jealous of how I've found something I'm so passionate about. My kids see me pushing myself in order to attain my goals, to achieve me dream. The sacrifices I'm making with my family, though tough, are setting an example for those I love the most. They get to see exactly what it takes to make things happen. You have to give, push, and work. No shortcuts. No giving up. At least, I hope that's what they see from me.
What's your dream? What are your sacrifices? Is. It. Worth. It?