People ask me what I want to do when I graduate college.
I always respond that I “Want to be a Novelist and Stage Actress.” And yes, you read that right; I want to be both. Simultaneously. Fortunately, both should allow the other to be done.
But, I realized the other day that that response isn’t actually accurate. I should say that I “Will be a Novelist and Stage Actress.”
Go back and read the two different responses. What’s the difference?
“Want” and “will.”
Why do I feel the need to make that distinction?
Because, if you really want something, than you have to resolve to get that thing. You have to tell yourself that yes, you WILL do this and you’ll do whatever you can to get yourself there. If you don’t, it’s much easier to give up on your dream; saying you only “want” something implies that it may never actually come to pass. Don’t give yourself the option of giving up. Tell yourself that you will do it.
I’m very passionate about this subject, because I have had people tell me that my dream is unattainable and/or unrealistic, because doing both of those things is impossible; you have to pick one or the other. Besides, you can’t ACTUALLY have a career you love: that’s just not how life works. And it’s way too hard to get into both of those industries anyway; it’s basically impossible and you shouldn’t even try.
Um…no. Actually, that’s not how that works.
Idina Menzel wasn’t always a successful actress. She had to start where I am at one point in her career.
J.K. Rowling wasn’t always a very successful author. She had to work her butt off to get where she is now.
I know of actors who write in addition to their acting career.
So, who’s to say I can’t do that? No one, that’s who. Everyone’s dream is attainable, as long as it’s actually attainable in this world. If you want discover an M-Class planet AND colonize it all in your lifetime, that’s probably not going to happen.
But if you want to do one of those things? Who’s to stop you? It certainly won’t be easy, but things so rarely are.
I am already working to reach my dream; I am enrolled in dancing and singing classes and I snatch up any acting gig I can get, and I am, as you know, writing a book.
I firmly believe that I can and will do what I love. Sure, in the beginning it will be very tough; but it is possible to do, and I’ll keep trying until I get it. It will make me enough to at least live off of, and, as I work my way up, I’ll make more income and it’ll all work out.
And, even if I don’t make that much money in the beginning, I’ll figure out how to make it work. Because I want to do something I love. Life isn’t always good, so you should try to get as much happiness and love out of it as you can.
So do what you love. Because if you don’t, you may permanently miss your chance to do what you adore, and then you won’t be as happy as you could have been.
And what’s the point of our lives if we don’t have at least a little fun?
Do what you want to do. And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
So, I just came back and read this a couple days later. I’d just like to apologize for how long and rambly and … not good this is. This was written when I felt the very sickest, so my brain was delirious and attempting to write something good, which was far beyond its capabilities at that particular moment. I hope you can at least laugh at how pathetic this is.