By: Dragos Bernat
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. ~Lance Armstrong
I write everyday. And I love it, but sometimes I have doubts about my writing. I have this fear that my writing won’t be enough. I begin to question myself. I wonder if you will understand what I’m trying to capture.
Each day I’m learning, and that’s what inspires me to continue writing about simplifying life and becoming the best that I can be. I stand by what I write, even though it can be scary sometimes. Over the past few weeks I have received some heartwarming messages about my writing. Just being able to read these emails has put a big smile on my face. In times when my mind focuses only on the bad, it helps give me support.
My father taught me that the easiest thing to do was to quit. He’d say, ‘It doesn’t take any talent to do that. ~Ken Venturi
Like you, I have dreams and goals that I’m working towards. One of them is to publish a books about simplifying our lives. I have a total of 5 books that I want to write, and most are in the drafting stages. Even though I have not published them or even completed them, I feel a cloud of fear around me. I become scared of the “what if’s”.
But today I I saw a video. After watching the video, I decided to sit and think about my fears and why they were so dominant in my life. After a few hours of lying in bed I realized that they are just mere thoughts. Thoughts about something that’s not in my control. So I came to my own conclusion about my fears. My conclusion was that I need to push through.
Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was a homeless man in São Paulo, Brazil. He lived on the same street corner for almost 35 years. He was locally known for writing in his book everyday. Until one day a woman came and lent him a hand. She decided to help the man achieve his dream of publishing his own book. So she created a Facebook page which featured his writing everyday.
This video inspired me to push past my fears and do the best that I can. Watch this inspiring story to see what happens next.
We never know when someone is going to help us achieve our dreams. We never know the day when our dreams will come to life. We never know the day when something will work out. We never know, and that’s the wonderful part of it all. Imagine if you knew when everything that was bound to happen? How boring would life be?
Through his 35 years of struggles and harsh conditions, one thing is certain. He believed in himself even if others didn’t. He knew that being brave isn’t something easy. He chose not to give up. Amongst his brilliant writings, he wrote one quote that stuck out like gold:
Damned is the man that abandons himself. ~ Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho
We can take Raimundo as an example of perseverance. He faced struggles that some of us can’t even comprehend. But no matter how tough it got, he didn’t abandon his dreams. He didn’t abandon himself.
One of my favorite quotes by Christian Nestell Bovee is:
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
And if I am being honest with myself, I fear things because I am ignorant. It’s hard to say, but it’s true. I don’t know what the future holds one minute from now, let alone a few years down the road. No one does, and that’s what makes it so exciting. It took Raimundo well over 35 years to get published (he’s currently looking for a publisher). It takes some people less than one year to get published. We don’t have control of when things are going to happen, but we do have control if they are going to happen.
I’m going to do the best that I can. I’m going to be as open and honest as I can be in my writing. I’m going to do my best to share it with as many people.
I’m making the choice to push through.