Tis the season to think about all the things we're thankful for. But what about when things aren't so hot?
Sometimes the holidays become a time to realize how little we've achieved, especially when we're looking at others who have amazing things to be thankful for. People who have achieved the things we're just dreaming about.
Sure, we all try to be thankful. There's always something to be thankful for, but it can be tough not to be bitter when you're thankful for still breathing and the person next to you is thanking God for winning the lottery.
It's okay to feel that twinge, so long as you don't let it take over.
Us writers are often just living on faith. Faith that all our hard work won't be for nothing. Faith that we are good enough, or will become "good enough" with some more hard work. But we're not alone. Anyone with a dream not yet fulfilled is in this same boat. Hoping and praying and believing and... doubting.
The world is a scary place for those with dreams.
So there is one thing I'd like to share with all of my amazing dreamer friends (whether I know you or not).
Faith, and believing in yourself, isn't about knowing everything will be okay. It isn't about making a plan and expecting everything to fall into place. It's not about believing the dream will come easy, or without pain.
Faith is knowing that even if bad things happen (they will,) even when things don't turn out how we expect (they won't,) that some day, some how, some way, you will achieve your dream. You just have to keep moving forward.
Those with dreams will fail.
Those with faith with keep moving despite the failure.
Faith is getting up, dusting yourself off and moving forward even when you can't see where you're going.
Just as courage isn't the absence of fear, faith isn't the absence of doubt, and it certainly isn't the absence of failure.
The future is a scary blank page, and the only way to find out where it leads is to keep going.
That's all it takes. You don't have to be unfailingly positive. You just have to never, ever, give up.