Dragons in the closet
By Erin Quinn
About ten years ago, I decided to go back to school. I began with hesitancy. I was a poor student in high school—not because I wasn’t smart enough, but because I had no focus or discipline, rarely went to class, never did my homework and basically couldn’t wait to get out. Gee wonder why I struggled?
I started at the University of Phoenix, which was probably a good place for someone in my mindset to begin. They cater to the working adult and they make you begin with a class that helps you realize you’re not “Josie Grossie anymore.”
I remember thinking on that first day, “I’ll try this. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll quit.”
Not exactly the positive attitude winners have. By this point in my life, I’d been performing successfully in my career and I’d published one book. I’d been struggling for years to sell my second book and had finally come to terms with the fact that I might not make it in publishing and so I’d better have something to fall back on.
So, yeah, I’d had milestones and I’d proven to myself that I wasn’t the total loser I’d perceived myself to be in high school. And yet, walking through the door the first night of class was like going back. Surprisingly, considering my attitude, but not so surprising, considering I was by then a successful adult, I excelled.
Fast forward ten years.
I don’t have my degree yet, but what I learned in going back to school was that I was never going to be a loser. Ever. I rekindled my dream of being a writer and pursued it relentlessly. It was as if conquering the dragon of high school stigma enabled me to conquer my doubts and fears about my ability to succeed as an author.
Dragon slaying is nasty business, but oh, the rewards are great. If there’s something out there you’re thinking of doing—something that is holding you back, kick its butt. In doing so, you may find you’ve given yourself the kick in the butt you needed.
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