“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work” – Thomas Edison
This week’s quote comes from inventor of the lightbulb Thomas Edison, and with good reason. Faced with the new year and the endless possibilities of re-creating, re-inventing, or re-booting yourself, the idea of self-revolutionising can be daunting. Many people can’t bear the overwhelming-ness of it and run and hide under their duvet with a milk tray.
Every journey starts with one step. Every achievement, every success, every medal- these are all the final product of a collective sequence of actions. The people who achieved these things? They worked day in, day out, tweaking, training, trying, doing every little thing possible to make their dream happen. Thomas Edison to Abraham Lincoln, Usain Bolt to Virginia Woolf, Maria Testino to Helena Bonham Carter; hard work makes dreams happen.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
Oh, I know I’ve broken the rules. It’s not really a quote a week if I post more than once a week! However, these past few days have been a period of timey-wimey existentialist reflection on all that has come before, and all that I hope to come in the future.
To be blunt, I’m scared. I’m scared of the future and all the things that could possibly go wrong and all the things I may never end up doing and all the people I’ll meet along the way. Not an unrealistic idea when you try and scoop all your plans, dreams, and life aspirations and try to bundle them all into one BIG decision. The BIG decision then becomes overwhelming and I try and hide under my duvet, clinging my knees and convincing myself I can work on freelance jobs forever.
Freya, pull your socks up. It’s all well and dandy have these wonderful life plans, but if I don’t take a step forward- even tiny, baby steps that might as well just be a wobble in place- then I’ll never know what I can do. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…