The title is the last two lines in the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley.
How many of us are inspired by challenges? I wish I was one to say YES I am inspired. The truth is – challenges weigh me down. I am inspired by the movie “Invitus” as I learn how Nelson Mandela overcame many challenges to be the great leader he was. I am inspired how a country turned to cheer for a team that many once hated. I am inspired to do what? I see these inspirational movies and ask – what do I do?
How does one take the challenges of life and turn them into inspiration?
I was a victim in childhood. Through childhood, despite this trauma, I was strong and overcame and even thrived. As an adult, this childhood trauma haunts and weighs me down. Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. When released, he became president of South Africa and not only influenced his country but the world. I write my little blog hoping people enjoy, are entertained, sometimes informed and most of all… are inspired.
People hear my stories and say it sounds like a movie! Well… I hope to start with readers on a blog….then maybe a book…. then maybe a movie! I find it very difficult to find inspiration in myself, but somehow think I can inspire others. I may never inspire myself, others, my country, the country that has adopted me or the world… but maybe I can start small and inspire myself to belive someone is reading this and saying… he tries his writing… maybe I can try _____! Try do express yourself maybe we can inspire each other to influence maybe not THE whole world… but influence OUR world!
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley 1875
I need to be master of my fate: I need to be captain of my soul. But how do I begin? – Thomas Johnston – 2010
I was a DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Essay finalist back when I was in the 6th grade. Debbie Wilson challenged creativity when she taught me English. Even at Southwest Mrs. Craig was tough on complacent writing. I remember writing as one of the few things I enjoyed in school. Somewhere along my course in life, I forgot the pleasure I once found in writing.
Anyone that reads my blog knows…I love movies! Blogging is like many things in my life, the result of being inspired by a movie. When I watched “Julie & Julia”, I thought…. I can do that! Okay – I am not so foolish to think my ramblings will one day be a movie. Like Julie, little things involving my blog excite me. I am thrilled to share my movie inspired stories, my political opinions and even exposing the pains of my past including lost unrequited love and childhood trauma. One scene Julie (referring to her new blog) screams, “I just got my first comment!” quickly followed by, “oh, it’s just my Mom!” My few comments began with close friends, then from friends I had not seen in years and now I even have comments from strangers. Each comment excites me because it is evidence someone read what I wrote.
Another Julie & Julia inspired idea was the paypal link on the blog. She actually had donations!! lol Now I feel foolish for having put it on my blog. One day some publisher may pay a large retainer for me to write a book using my paypal ink! lol But when (and if) someone donates… that will excite me as well.
Here is where I will ask a favor – no I am not going to ask you to donate lol – I am going to ask if you have read this far….you must enjoy my blog a little. I am going to ask that you subscribe to my blog and if you are not already on my facebook fan page to join my fan page . The links to do any of these things is in the sidebar on the right. Living with a disability and being in a state of early retirement – I need to feel I am accomplishing SOMETHING and writing is how I can still feel I offer something to society. I mean come on… Britney Spears is famous and I think I am as talented a writer as she is a singer!! lol The reality in that statement is there are some people who do really like and enjoy her music… so I am looking for my audience. So to maybe I can even ask more or too much…. maybe if you have continued reading to this point…. you may recommend my fan page and blog to your friends?
Some of the markers in this writing journey :
- December 29, 2010 – Blog began
- January 5, 2010 – First Comment
- January 31, 2010 – 50 Visits In One Day
- March 23, 2010 – First Movie Review
- April 7, 2010 – First Stranger subscription
- May 26, 2010 – Over 100 People “Read Innocence Taken” in 2 Days
- May 27, 2010 – Record Day With 80 Visits in 1 Day!