I’m profoundly grateful to you.
If you’re reading this, I want you to know that.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’ve had a few wobbles in the last couple of years. Now I wake up every day to breathtakingly beautiful countryside and a happy family.
And the thing is, I owe this to you. I want you to know that I’m aware of it, and I appreciate it, very much.
Just over two years ago, I was made redundant from my job. I had a big choice to make. Should I take the safe route and find another corporate job? Or should I finally take that big step and try to support my family doing what I love most: painting and teaching.
Well, you know what I chose.
But without the interest of all the people that read here, without the wonderful, supporting emails that so many of you have sent, without so many of you having enough faith in me as a teacher to sign up for my courses, I would never have made that choice and I wouldn’t be here now. Neither would my family.
If I think about this too much I start to well up. Seriously.
So I just have a simple message for you today, for you to take or not, as you wish. I present it with much gratitude, and with the belief that we are all capable of much more than we might think.
I want you to trust yourself.
If there’s a step you’re thinking about taking but you don’t feel ready for, that you doubt you can make, I want you to take it anyway.
Because I didn’t feel ready. In fact, I wasn’t ready, because it’s impossible to be ready. You have to figure it out as you go, there is no other way.
I’m not talking about trying to make a living as an independent artist, necessarily. It might just be believing in yourself as an artist enough to try to get better, to see how far you can go. That takes courage, too.
If you’re not sure if you deserve it, if you’re not sure if you’re up to it, if you’re not sure if it will work out for you…
Well, you’re exactly the same as I was two years ago.
I’m willing to bet that you’re exactly the same as everybody else out there who would like to pursue their dream, whatever it is.
It starts with giving yourself permission to take it seriously, to allow yourself to pursue it.
And it is scary to do that, in a way that it’s hard to define, hard to explain.
You have so much that you’re carrying with you, so many hopes and dreams, and also past failures, baggage left over from your childhood. It’s overwhelming, if you think about it too much, I know.
But unless you take that first step, and commit to it completely, your dreams will remain just that.
I was terrified by giving up everything from my former life and moving to the countryside. Terrified for my kids, my wife and for myself. It still terrifies me sometimes! But it excites me more, and every time I walk out of the front door, I know it was the right thing to do, whatever happens.
If you have a step you’re thinking about taking, I think you’ll know what it is. That one that scares you. If it’s frightening, that’s probably it.
Please allow me to suggest that, in 2018 if not before, you take it.
If you can, possibilities will open to you that you can not currently imagine.
Best wishes and as always, thanks for reading,
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