#6 Where I learn to catch myself
The guy canceling after finding out there would be no typewriters is GOLD.
I’m super stoked for you that you organized a writing group. Build it they will come.
My future self is going to be trying out all kinds of new ideas to see what sticks. And like you, I’m ready for whatever the outcome. Can’t work if you don’t try. Congrats for putting your offering out there. Big step in trying on the “fear” cloak and seeing it’s just made you stronger. Here’s to falling! Not failing 😉
“We all have fear—bravery is impossible without it.”
That reminded me of something I heard (or read) a few decades ago: “Courage is not the absence of fear but action in the face of it.”
"Instead, I’m going to fill up on failure." BRILLIANT! Thank you!
Kudos to you Cathy! I love the picture of Rangeley and the cows!
Thank you for pointing out we can decouple our fear and mistrust (especially of ourselves) from our forward momentum. I needed that today!
Moments like these serve as a reminder when the room will be full- you’ll remember the feeling when it was empty. Thank you, for your vulnerability.
"... a man who asked if typewriters would be available. He canceled after I said no."
⬆⬆ Is this true? It made me laugh...but also made me sad for you.
This post is soooo relatable. Far too many of us hold ourselves back out of fear of putting ourselves out there. I'm guilty for sure. Thank you for sharing this AND for holding your writing group of no one! That takes balls.
I LOVE that the guy wanted a typewriter. Holy crap. Also just so you know, I've had that exact experience of nobody or only one person showing up for a group. (Never had anyone ask for typewriters, and now I kind of want that kind of writing group... it'd be deafening!) So yeah, you're not alone and it's all just a part of getting a new thing up and running.
Thanks so much for the mention! I think it's great (and brave!) that you put yourself out there. I'd love a writing group, but I haven't found one and am not sure how to start my own in my teeny tiny town. Plus, I'd need to work on the bravery bit first. 🙃