Inspiration is that cute little muse that sits on your shoulder, to lend us a helping hand when we need it the most...
I have had several inspiring moments over the past few weeks. Moments that moved me, moments that pulled me down, but even with the good, and the bad there were those times when I needed a reality check.
The most inspiring moment for me was when American Pharaoh beat all the odds, and the generations of horses before him, by winning The Triple Crown. For thirty-seven years like everyone else sitting on the edge of your seat in front of the TV, hoping that this one horse will be the one to prove he had the heart to win. And, after it was all said and done, he did what everyone had dreamed he would do, and became the first horse after thirty-seven years to win The Triple Crown.
I've been waiting on that one big break, for something to happen for several years myself, and when I received the news I couldn't believe it was real. My photographer from last weeks photo shoot had contacted me to tell me the good news about a photo shoot we had done the previous month, that he'd submitted to a magazine. The submission was excepted, and I'll be in print for the first time ever in my life. One of my dreams had finally came true, and the great part is that someone had taken the time to believe in me. If it weren't for someone to see my potential, no matter that I'm not perfect, or even the stereotypical model for that matter, but they saw was the true beauty within.
I've literally been on cloud nine, and the good news couldn't have come at a better time, after I'd received yet another rejection for my manuscript. It was a plan-Jane form rejection, it's way better than only hearing crickets, so I won't complain. I'd prefer to hear something, than nothing. Maybe one day someone will believe in my words, as much as they'd believed in my smile.
They old adage is true, slow and steady wins the race, unless you're a thoroughbred. But even in a fast paced world, sometimes slowing down, and taking the time to do the best you can makes you a real winner.
Perhaps if this is the beginning of my dreams finally unfolding before me, then it gives me the hope to keep going, work harder, and never giving up. I know this isn't the end, this is the start, and I know so long as I keep carrying on my dreams, this will never end.
For once in my life I've developed the courage to continue my path to my goals, and for once in my life I believe my dreams are going to really happen for me. I don't ever want to give up.
No matter how painful the rejections are, or how many. I know in my heart that I will make it. It won't be over night, but one day someone will know in their heart that I'm a sure bet.
I'm betting on my dreams, and I'm betting big.