After completing a writing course, I swore to myself that I would never take on anything like that again. I earned a “B” for the class; I knew I could have gotten an “A” if I had put forth a little more effort. I was disappointed in myself…
Writers encounter obstacles, blocks, and criticism at every turn; the ones who did not give up are now providing insight and inspiration to other writers. That’s why instead of giving up because of a bad day, I decided to move on to a more advanced form of expression–public speaking. That proved to be a wise decision. Though terrified of public speaking, I became excited about the class because I had a great instructor. I met great people; we supported and encouraged each other throughout the semester. I am not ready to speak at the White House—yet, but I am more confident about speaking in front of an audience.
On the last day of the class (the day of the final exam) I was terribly ill; it looked as though I would miss the exam. My thoughts went back to how I had vowed never to take on a challenge like my current class. Suddenly, I was more determined than ever to get to the class, take the final exam, and get that “A.” I recovered (miraculously); I arrived to class five minutes before the exam started. I felt great, and did well on the exam.
This story is not meant to be a badge of honor for me, but it is a reminder to fellow writers, or to anyone, that you should not allow anything to discourage you from pursuing your goals—not even your own negative thoughts. If you want it bad enough, you will succeed—even against all odds.