I’ve Gotta Be Me
This post by Tori Scott over at Authors of Main Street is so inspirational I had to share it with you, my readers. An alternative title might be “I Did It My Way” (recalling one of Sammy Davis Jr.’s famous pals, Frank Sinatra.)
For a long time I, too, measured my productivity against that of other writers I looked up to. Inevitably, this left me feeling slow, lazy and not very successful at all. On my worst days, I’d wonder if I had the chops to be a writer in the first place.
A disagreement with one of these writers shook me up enough to open my eyes to what I was doing, how I was basing my choices and decisions on what those other writers would do my place, or what they would think of me, which is no way to lead your life, let alone a career. I wasn’t them and they weren’t me.
I needed to be me. And I had to do things My Way.
So, I took back control of my destiny, decided like Tori Scott that I had to be true to myself. And it was the best decision I could have made.
So, look to your fellow writers for inspiration, encouragement, and support, but don’t compare yourself, because in the end you have to remain true to yourself.
You’re special because of what’s inside you, and that’s not going to be like anyone else. Embrace that. The truth in your writing will shine through when you do.
Remember the old song by Sammy Davis, Jr.?
Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta be me, I’ve gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am
I want to live, not merely survive
And I won’t give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am
That far-away prize, a world of success
Is waiting for me if I heed the call
I won’t settle down, won’t settle for less
As long as there’s a chance that I can have it all
I’ll go it alone, that’s how it must be
I can’t be right for somebody else
If I’m not right for me
I gotta be free, I’ve gotta be free
Daring to try…
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