Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Denis Waitley
I think often about failure. It touches me in many areas of my life and always seems to find its way back to me.
This blog, for example, is the latest and newest in a string of them I’ve created, posted for and eventually abandoned over the course of the last two decades. With a pessimistic mindset I could dismiss this as an endeavor destined to go the same way. some might say the best indicator of future behavior is to look at the past. While there are projects in my past that have not succeeded the way I’d hoped for, to dismiss them as failures would be too quick, too simple. I’ve learned a lot about how I work, what I want to achieve, and I’ve honed my craft.
It’s easy to feel defeated, as though our goals are atop mountains we can never climb. I have hope though, because I know I don’t have to climb the mountain in one go, and nor do I have to do it alone. I am a writer, I’ve been writing fiction and non-fiction for over 15 years. I’ll still be writing in another 15 years as it’s one of the things that gives me most enjoyment in life.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy running. Unfortunately, I’m not consistent with it. I love it while I’m doing it but when I stop, when I lose momentum it takes me too long to get back into it. I find my fitness has decreased and its infuriating to feel I’m starting all over again. I’ve done couch to 5K programs enough times now to write a comparison of some of the most popular apps out there. (That’s a silver lining if ever there was one). More importantly, I learned a lot about the hurdles, the things that stop me from running. It helps me keep momentum because I can them go about tackling those hurdles so they can’t trip me up in the future. for example, I often stop running during winter due to the darkness and icy surfaces. I don’t go to the gym and find myself making excuses to talk myself from going. “It’s too expensive.” “I don’t have time” or “I have to look after my daughter since my partner is working”. I now have exercise machines at home, so that I can, if not run, at least maintain a level of fitness using them.
I’ll be using this blog to share things that inspire me, whether that’s a quote or an article about writing, or something else. It will also become a place for me to share my work with the world.
Whether your journey is just starting, or you feel like you’re having to start over again as I am, I invite you to join me and share your experience.