Think Tank Thursday: My Confession on the Real Reason I Moved to Paris, no BS

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For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza

“Why are you doing what you do?” Christian asked me last night over dinner to celebrate his birthday. 

“Huh?”

“Why are you doing what you do?” he repeated with his lilting French accent, perfectly matching the ambiance of the French café.

There were a million things I wanted to say in response. And they would have been true, but not the whole truth. This is:

In 2008 I lost my mom. She was amazing.

I adored her.

In cleaning out her house, I found a small booklet I had made as a child. It was something, knowing my mother I never would have imagined her keeping. She was not overly fond of nostalgia or sentimentality and was quick to throw non-useful items out. Which is how I would have categorized this crude book of hand drawn images and misspelled words. But I realized when I found it, that it was her way of telling me, even after death, not to abandon my passion, writing.

 

Because you see, that is what she did at the end of her life.

She gave up her dreams.

 

And that is why I do what I do.

I do it because if we lose sight of our dreams, our passions, our hopes, we lose life itself. I do what I do because I still believe you can have the things you dream about, long for. I do it because I don’t want to leave this life with dreams unfulfilled.

I became a Life Coach, and returned to writing because I don’t want to see other women, talented, beautiful, smart women, give up.  So I couldn’t give up either.

And I believe that in following our dreams, we inspire others to do the same.

You can, and I believe you absolutely must, “follow your bliss”, as Joseph Campbell put it.

But you don’t have to do it alone.

If writing is something you have always dreamed of doing, do it.

 

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