Ready or Not

1 October 2014. It’s less than 24 hours until that date arrives. That’s the date I set for myself to launch the Facebook page and blog for my next creative project. I’ve posted enough teaser messages and #hashtags on various social networking sites for the past several weeks. I’ve shared my ideas with only a few individuals. They’re excited for me, and so am I. Yet, I’m nervous. Absolutely. Excited yet nervous. This always happens whenever I get ready to creatively express myself. It’s the same feeling I felt when I first started reciting poetry publicly 17 years ago. It’s also the same feeling I felt when I taught my creative writing course, Write Here! Write Now!, at Temple University for the first time seven years ago. I get that same feeling whenever I recite poetry, do a book signing, or promote my creativity. Tomorrow is no exception.

I have to get ready. I have no choice about it because tomorrow is 1 October 2014. I have to be ready. It’s impossible for me to predict what the future will bring, so I won’t allow negative thoughts to enter my mind with cognitive distortions like catastrophizing or jumping to conclusions. I won’t ask myself questions like “What if no one likes my Facebook page?” “Will I have enough content to promote myself on a daily basis?” or “What if I make mistakes?” That last question concerns me the most. Mistakes will probably occur since this is the first time I’m doing this, but then again, this is a work in progress. And it’s important for me to recognize that I will make mistakes in the early stages. The experience will be beneficial as long as I view them for what they truly are – learning opportunities to improve and enhance my creative vision.

Ready or not, 1 October 2014 is coming. I’m ready, excited, and nervous. Sometimes I have to chill. Yes, that’s an excellent idea. Take a moment for myself and meditate. Just imagine…slowly breathe…have faith…

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About Bill's Universal Expressions!

Poet, writer, therapist, and ESSENCE Best Selling and future New York Times Best Selling author.
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