Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far.
It feels like years since my last blog post. I definitely needed that time to dedicate to my novel and I am glad to say that I did in fact complete the novel I was working on last month and I’m actually now about 20% into a new book which I am very excited about. This made me think of how important it is to put in the work and pay your dues to get what you want. It was a very difficult decision for me to cut back on how often I post on my blog. But when I thought about how much time I was spending weekly on the blog and how that time could be used instead to write and learn the craft more, it was really a no-brainer.
Paying your dues is definitely something I keep coming back to. We hear of people that are overnight successes and then when you listen to an in-depth interview you find out that they have actually been working on their craft for like a decade before that so-called overnight success. It’s important to be honest with yourself and the goals or desires you have and what it would take to reach them. There’s no way out of it. Whatever you want will come at a cost of something. Most especially time. The hard work needs to be done upfront.
I saw the movie The Gentlemen (starring Matthew McConaughey) a couple of weeks ago and this whole paying your dues thing really stood out for me. I loved everything about the movie. It was entertaining, it was action-packed and it was really funny. It showed a man (McConaughey) at the top of his game having put in decades of hard work, and now wanting to retire. On the contrary, Henry Golding’s character is relatively new to the game and wanting it all without being interested in investing the required time to get there. He honestly sounded like a spoiled brat. He was ruthless and highly ambitious and didn’t give the respect deserved to the old-timers. He treated them like they were all beneath him. He wanted all the success RIGHT NOW. Which is something I sometimes feel. It’s hard to have the required level of patience.
Putting in the time, and showing up for what you want. Again, for me, the movie stressed the importance of dedicated hard grafting for what you want. Time is our most precious commodity. We don’t know how much of it we have. So it’s understandable to be impatient to get to where we want to be. But at the end of the day, it sadly doesn’t work that way. Just because you want something and have put in maybe a week of hard work into it doesn’t mean you’ll get it handed to you on a plate. Sometimes getting exactly what you want doesn’t just take weeks of grafting. Sometimes it takes years or even decades. We need to persevere. Anything that’s worth achieving is worth working hard for. So cheers to putting in the time, effort, and patience needed.
P.s I freaking LOVE Michelle Dockery! She is such an amazing actress!
P.p.s I love how Hugh Grant’s character feels nothing like his usual stuff because when I hear his name the first thing that always comes to mind is rom-com and nothing more.
Happy New Month everyone! we have four more months to reach our goals for this year! Let’s try to make every day count.
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next month (the firt Wednesday). Have a great rest of the week!