(This is my “I” post for Saturday. I’m not sure I will be near a computer but wanted to get my blog post up)
A few years ago my sister asked me about the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” She asked me if I remembered the part of the movie where the main character was submitting a bunch of patents and she wanted to know if I came up with a bunch of ideas like that. She was saying that sometimes she comes up with a lot of ideas like the character in that movie.
While I don’t necessarily come up with ideas of inventions and things that would need patents, I do often have very random ideas. I started a book (writing one) when I was in college and every so often I think I would like to come back to that.
A couple of years ago I came up with another idea for a book of compilations of stories of people who were married for the first time in their 30s and 40s (for more information about why I chose this specific topic, see my “Frustrations” post). I actually had accumulated several of those stories and right now they are just sitting in a file folder on my computer.
In addition to the big ideas, those things I would like to accomplish at some point in my life, I also have those day to day small ideas. Sometimes I follow through on them and find out they were not such great ideas, sometimes I follow through on them to find it was a great idea and sometimes I don’t even get to the follow through part.
What do you think it is that keeps us from pursuing our ideas and our dreams? Are we afraid of failure? Do we let the busyness of life overwhelm us so much that we don’t have time to put the idea into action?
I am sure some of the most successful people in the world are successful only because they had a vision and they executed a plan to make that vision a reality. I wish I were more like that in some areas of my life.
Raquel Byrnes says
You know that kind of book might be interesting if you thread in experiences of people who got married really young. Things like finding a place to live, setting up house, and all that would be vastly different and interesting to see.
Arlee Bird says
I think it’s mostly a matter of focus. It’s like the cluttered desk top: You keep piling stuff on the desk and eventually there comes a time when we have to focus on organizing our mess. Fear of failure is certainly one contribution to the mess. But also finding the time necessary to complete a project, not being ready for a particular project, or having too many other things in the way.
It becomes time to organize, prioritize, and then focus on the first project, then the next, and so on.
Like I should talk — you should see my desk.
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Yvonne Lewis says
Most interesting to read.
Keep plugging away. We need to make a commitment to the writing. Just this little bit has helped me a lot. It gets my brain working.
Go for the book. Go for it!!!