coffee and the newspaper.
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chicago blog smak coffee and the newspaper This past weekend I had a lot of time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends - something that I have been feeling a need for for quite some time. Work is busy, stressful at times. I try to hold myself accountable at the gym. I long to read novels on the train ride into work. Sitting at my typewriter, working on my novel is something that I dream of. These things are aspirations that I have every single day. To enjoy life. To push myself to my limits. To surround myself with the ones I love. To meet new people. To try new things. To be successful. To have a few failures and learn from them.

On my walk to the gym this morning, I had a few more quiet moments to myself. I began thinking about all the excuses that I made up for not chasing my dreams. It's too hard. I don't have enough time. I've been writing a blog for three years and it hasn't garnered a huge audience. No one would want to read my novel. I could see myself doubting the things that I am passionate and I had to tell myself to stop. Why am I the one beating myself down when I should be the one fighting for myself? It reminded me of an incredible quote from a former President of the United States...

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit is to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and blood. Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. Who knows great enthusiasms and great devotions. Who spins himself a worthy cause. Who at the worse if he fails at least fails while daring greatly. So his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

-- Theodore Roosevelt

So here is the game plan:

  1. Do what you love.
  2. Be passionate about it and give it all you have.
  3. Stop making excuses for not doing it. Make time for the things you love.
  4. Fight like hell and never give up.

I get it, it is not always easy to be your own advocate, but you have to be. And you can be! The most important thing is to make a little time for yourself - whether that be going for a run, watching an episode of Friends on Netflix, reading a book, or sitting down for coffee and the newspaper.