I haven’t told this to anyone before, so if you are reading this you are one of the lucky, or unlucky ones, depending on how you look at it.
A few years ago while I was trying to write my first novel but I had not told anyone about it because I didn’t want anyone telling me I wouldn’t be able to and bringing down my hopes. Then I told my girlfriend, at the time, I wanted to be a writer and that I had been writing a novel in my own time for about a year. I was hoping she would be excited and encouraging about my aspiration but she wasn’t, actually what she said was far from it.
“You can’t do it, why don’t you just go work full-time at Woolworth’s, be a manager there or something.”
I stood there looking at her, not sure what to say or do. Part of me wanted to rip her head off for being so negative, yet another part of me couldn’t help but think she was right. After a minute she walked off, I’m not sure why, probably to go complain about me to her mum or something along those lines. She broke up with me a few months later because, these are her words not mine, “Your life isn’t going anywhere and I can’t wait around for you to fix it.” Funny thing is less than a year later I had my house and I know she’s still living under her parents roof but that’s another story.
So I guess what I wanted this to show is that most likely you will encounter people in your life who will say you cannot achieve what you want to in life, they might be very close to you or they could be someone you least care about but still their negativity is not something you should dwell on. I suspect most of these people are the type who have had their own dreams crushed or simply don’t have any dreams and they are trying to bring you down with them.
If you have a dream, don’t give up on it. Even if the closest people to you say you can’t make it for some reason tell them they don’t know what they are talking about, walk off and find motivation in proving them wrong!
If you have had a similar experience, please post a reply here so others can read it. The more encouragement we can give others the better!