life imagined

Life Imagined

There are two things I really like about the above quote.

One, it’s a short story unto itself. Even though it’s only one sentence, it implies a lot. My mind immediately starts filling in the gaps, thinking of things that might have changed to cause her to come to this decision, and what living out this decision might mean for her. It’s beautifully succinct.

But, two, it’s challenging in a deeply personal way. Certainly for me, but probably for anyone willing to hear the challenge.

What is the life you imagine? What is it you want

I’m not talking about money or perfect looks or fame or anything else outside of yourself. I’m talking about something far more profound. The internal reality you want to achieve. If you woke up tomorrow feeling like the person you want to be, the person you are on the inside, what would be different? What would you be doing that you’re not doing today? And what the hell is holding you back?

Most likely, your roadblocks have more to do with fear than a lack of funding, feasibility or freedom.

Well, friend, that’s on you. You can’t blame the fates for that one. The only person who can get you past whatever you’re afraid of is you. And if that’s what’s keeping you from the life you’ve always wanted, isn’t it about time you got cracking?

I’m not trying to invalidate the very real effect of fear. God knows my own insecurities have hampered me plenty. That’s true for nearly everyone on the planet, and what’s equally true is that most people will never step out on the limb and live beyond their fears. By and large, humanity plays it safe.

But that’s not the heart of the issue, is it? Who cares what everyone else is doing? The real question is this: will you live the life you want? Will you write even if you never get published? Will you take that trip you’ve longed to take even if no one goes with you? Will you risk your savings, your pride or your current comfort to make a move? Start a business? Realize a personal life goal? Or embark on your own adventure?

Will you let fear hold you back, or will the story above be your story?

That’s entirely up to you.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

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