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The Easy Road? Or the Hard Road? Creative Musings…

August 23, 2017

I went to dinner with an old friend tonight and had too much wine and got a bit emotional. I figured it would make for a good blog so here we go…

I realized there are a lot of things that are easy to do in this life. Here are some of them.

It’s easy to listen to other people’s opinions about your own self.
It’s easy to believe the bad rather than the good.
It’s easy to believe we got lucky or didn’t deserve it when something good happens to us.
It’s easy to believe we don’t deserve love.
It’s easy to believe we shouldn’t pursue creative passions such as art, or writing, or music, because it’s a bit selfish and completely illogical.
It’s easy to believe consistent rejection means you will never sell or be worth anything.
It’s easy to give up.


This is the hard stuff:

It’s hard to think you are deserving of everything wonderful and good in this world.
It’s hard to think you are really talented and worked hard and that is why your book, or painting, or song is successful.
It’s hard to believe in yourself when no one else does.
It’s hard to imagine living a beautiful life when there is so much pain surrounding us.
It’s hard to believe you are special and God has a plan for you.
It’s hard to keep going.

Life is difficult. But damn, when we pursue our passions and believe in ourselves, eventually, one day, the amazing stuff happens. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But someday.

If we quit, we’ll never know. Isn’t that so much harder to always wonder what if?

Write the book. Write the song. Paint the picture. Get on stage and act. Sing. Do. Be.

Because I’ve learned an important lesson.

If you do, the hard stuff becomes…easier.
Peace out.

May the words be with you.



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  1. Jennifer says:

    Love this! It should be easy to remember 😉

  2. Just be. Love this post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  3. This is very true…thank you for sharing these thoughts! We are often our own greatest obstacles.

  4. Elizabeth Everett says:

    How timely. Struggling with this right now – querying is so brutal and the easy road beckons. Thanks, Jennifer!

  5. Thank you for this. I came to your page after hearing you talk at the Writers Digest Conference last weekend. I’m so glad I got to hear you speak and so glad to be reading your work and your blog. Thank you again.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you so much for reading Pamela – and I’m thrilled you attended my workshop and found it helpful! The conference was so much fun – thanks again for stopping in and reading my work!

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