Never give up on your dreams – part II

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“A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz

I write because I know that I couldn’t live without my stories, without my characters, without my strange habit of angrily punching those keys on the keyboard late every night. 

It’s been one hell of a ride, guys. Ups and downs, and moments of hopelessness. I’ve lost my way a few times, I’ve given up on writing because I thought that I had everything I needed in order to be happy. I thought that I only wrote because I wanted to escape some sort of personal hell.

Maybe it’s true. Maybe we all make art because we are running from something. We are hiding from the world behind words and paints and brushes, but art is also an act of creation. An act of faith.

We are artists because we hope. We hope that our art will change something. We hope that our words will make a difference.

We are artists because we love. We love in a way that most people would never understand. We love life, we’re not trying to escape it. We love life so much that we want to show others that it can be beautiful.

We are artists because we’ve conquered fear. We’ve found freedom in the form of a story, or a song, or a movie. And we give others part of that freedom.

Art is not about fame, glory, money, or fans. It’s not about adoration. It’s all about happiness, and finding it in a way that doesn’t tie you to anyone else on this planet.

There’s nothing quite like it.

And, yes, sometimes it seems impossible. Sometimes it seems like a waste of time. Sometimes you want to give up.

But who are you going to be if you give up?

Maybe you should stop. Go out, live your life.  See the world. Have fun. Get your heart broken, once or twice. Fall in love with everything you feel deserves it.

One of two things will happen: you’ll either start to miss it or you won’t.

Whenever I gave up on writing, sooner or later, I’d start to miss it. I’d start by writing down a few sentences, I’d imagine stories and characters, and I’d listen to people talk in coffee shops or buses. I’d spend more and more time observing life, rather that living it. I’d listen to a song, and it would instantly create an image for me. And the image would grow and grow and become a story, and there’d be no other way than to write it into existence.

And, oh, how much I missed it. Punching those keys, walking around my living room like some lunatic because I can’t find the right words. The adrenaline rush of having written something that sounds perfect. Or almost.

I once wrote that I’d never have written a single word if I had been happy. Maybe I was right. But it’s equally true that I’d never have written a single word if it didn’t make me happy. If it didn’t give me so much more than just that.

Writing has given me purpose, direction, discipline. Writing has made me realize what I want to do with my life, and who I want to be. Writing has allowed me to see the world in a different way.

Never give up on your dreams. No matter how impossible they seem. Because if you do, you’ll spend a lifetime feeling as if life’s just running away from you. Life’s just something other people are experiencing and getting the most of. You’ll simply exist. You’ll eat, you’ll breathe, you’ll sleep. And that’s it. You’ll build a web of intricate routines to keep you busy. You’ll want noise, because you won’t stand the silence.

And every single moment you’ll spend all by yourself, that’s when the dream will come to haunt you in the form of this strange sense of emptiness. You’ll struggle to overcome it, but you won’t be able to.

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14 comments on “Never give up on your dreams – part II

  1. Madie_H says:

    Beautifully put. I definitely agree on the subject of creating art because we hope. Lately I’ve realised how much hope I truly have, and there is both beauty and delusional danger in it.

  2. Creativity is expressed as art in many different ways other than drawing such as writing, music or photography. And art is often the most beautiful when it comes from a source of pain, big or small because it’s emotional. Look at the famous artists out there, Van Gogh and others. One of the greatest quotes by Maya Angelou is this; “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Keep up the writing, looking forward to part 3.

  3. Rabab Jafri says:

    Beautiful words- they resonate with me a lot- thank you for sharing!

  4. Hi Cristian,

    What a wonderful post! I have gone through cycles of writing and not writing myself. But whenever I stopped, something was always gnawing at me in the back of my mind.

    Sometimes it was a character’s voice that I had written long ago. Other times it was a just the need to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

    In times of worry, I remember that we really do create our dreams. It is the fact that we miss writing that eventually gets that novel, play, screenplay, or song finished. From one writer to another, never stop. -Kaci
    https://inspirationowl.wordpress.com/

  5. moldydaisy says:

    I needed this today. Thank you.

  6. Writing is the best outlet for us creative types. You keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

  7. ram1614 says:

    So true; I write because I have to.

  8. everything05zen says:

    <3 this so much! So inspiring.

  9. Ms McKahsum says:

    Every part of this. Art is our escape and our creation. Our hope and our fear. I love this. Thanks.

  10. This was so timely. Just when I was starting to feel a mite discouraged, I read this. Thanks : P

  11. ram1614 says:

    I say learn your craft, read other writers, learn from what they do, and let them help you find your own voice. I do have a question. Do you think poetry should follow certain rules? Please answer on my blog at dmariefitzgerald.com

  12. dangdangdork says:

    Agreed. I gave up writing and it was terrible. I felt like I had no function in life. Now I’m trying to get back into it and this is a nice reminder and an insightful piece. Sometimes you forget how necessary writing is for your own self. It’s like a religion. Hehe.

  13. walkerkaty0 says:

    Loved everything about this post :)

  14. This was so lovely! Thank you for sharing this

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