Writing 101: Day 3
When I was a kid, one of my favorite television shows was “Let’s Make a Deal.” It had all the elements of great entertainment – everyone came to the show dressed in outrageous costumes hoping to garner the attention of the host, Monty Hall. To be chosen meant an opportunity to select a door, win a prize, and then decide if you wanted to trade it away for a “better” deal behind another door.
Life is pretty much one BIG “Let’s Make a Deal” game. We get dressed up every day hoping to get noticed. Then, once we do, we’re given an opportunity to blindly choose a direction for our life – to select a door and step through with the promise of a reward. Some are happy to settle for the first door they’ve chosen and take comfort in the security of knowing what’s behind that door. Others are more adventurous and seek a bigger prize. These risk takers are willing to move out of their comfort zone and face the uncertainty of what’s behind the second or even the third door.
While I’ve generally been a test-the-waters-first kind of person, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided it was time to embrace the challenge of not knowing what’s behind the next door. Taking the leap into the freelance writing world and chasing the lure of the written word has unleashed the courage to face my fears head on. My path may now be faced with uncertainty, but through experience I’ve learned there is no greater anticipation than opening Door #2 to take a peek inside. And no greater reward than realizing it wasn’t so scary after all.
Are you ready to pick a door with me?
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