Here is the thing…

If you want to write for a living, then you must write.

If you want your voice to be heard, then you must speak.

If you want people to listen to what you have to say then you must say what is on your mind – how will you know if they like what you have to say if you don’t venture out of your safe little bubble and say what you have on you mind.

I was watching the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee – an excellent movie, by the way…

In one scene, Akeelah, played by Keke Palmer, was reading a quote by Marianne Williamson, to her mentor Mr. Welch, played by Curtis Armstrong (one of my many favorite actors):

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same…

What an empowering saying; and so true. I fear not failure, failure means that I can justify huddling in the bubble of my life, grumbling day to day about the miseries that make up being who I am…

However, do I not want my children to empower their own lives? How better to show them to cast aside their fear by casting aside my own fear and doing what I love to do – I love talking to people, I love speaking my mind, I love when someone hears me and likes what I say, or hears me and gets angry by my words and speaks their own mind.

I don’t want to be anonymous!

Wow, did I just say that? Did I really mean it?

Yes, it is true, the pain and glory of anonymity is a lonely pain, an empty glory!

I want to shout, “Hey, I don’t care that those who do not speak for the average movie goer thought that After Earth sucked, I loved it! I loved that Will Smith played Jaden Smith’s father. I want to see more movies like The Last Airbender, and Red Dawn (the remake was awesome, I was glad to see that they didn’t totally kill the story line, I’ll even forgive them for killing the main character at the end – jerks!) I don’t want gore and violence put in a movie just because Hollywood believes that an R rating will sell more (I give you Star Wars as an example).

I could list movie after movie, G rated, PG rated, and though PG-13 is very hit and miss in my mind – I actually prefer some R’s over PG-13’s thank you very much… but I digress, movie after family friendly movie consistently take the big screen by storm and still they don’t get it. The world is made up of couples and families begging for good, adventurous, dramatic, exciting movies that we can watch and walk out of the theater without saying “That would have been an excellent movie without all the bad language, or the excessive gore…”

Wait, I don’t think this post was originally about movies… what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, anonymity – good word, scary word if you think about it.

I love small towns; do you know why I love small towns? No, not a mind reader? Don’t know me well enough? Well, I’ll tell you why; because you cannot grow up in a small town and remain anonymous. Everyone knows everyone. You have to really. Work. Hard. for years, and years, to stay away from everyone, everywhere, because if just one person sees you, your anonymity is busted! (“Guess who I saw in the Piggly Wiggly the other day…”)

So here I am, a new year, still plugging away at making myself anonymous no more.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes to accomplish a deed – working my website regularly in my case – as long as you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed!


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