“I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” Alberte Salazer, three-time New York City marathon winner
A few hours ago Kenyan runner Mary Keitany won the New York Marathon. I’m in awe of marathon runners because you need to have a certain mindset. Yes, you need to be disciplined. Yes, you need to endure.
But first you need to show up and you need to have the courage to cross the starting line.
I don’t remember why I started blogging. I didn’t have an “Aha!” moment. I don’t have an inspiring story to tell you about it. Unlike my friend Lisa, I didn’t get to university having always dreamed that I would be a writer. I didn’t spend my days in libraries and evenings in book clubs.
It’s November now and looking back, my year consisted of me searching for job adverts, editing my CV and reading up on interview tips. It scares me a little bit to think that 11 months on I’m still a number in the unemployment statistics.
I understand what it’s like to not know where to start. I know what it is to feel overwhelmed and inadequate. I empathise with the feeling that you’re way behind everyone else around you.
Maybe you’re a middle aged woman who’s suffering from ’empty nest syndrome’. For the first time in decades you’re asking yourself what your purpose is outside of your children. Or perhaps you’re starting out in your career, but you’re confused by all the advice that you’ve being given.
You’re not a failure. You’re not naive. The problem is you’re trying to figure everything out before you take the first step.
The first step is showing up. You need to step up with fear and trembling and have the courage to cross the starting line.
Don’t worry about being the best. Don’t be afraid of not finishing. Just decide what your goal is, put your feet on the starting line and have the courage to cross it. That’s what Mary Keitany did.
A while back I decided that I was going to start by taking my writing seriously. I knew I had ideas that were worth sharing. Unemployed and amateurish I showed up to the starting line. With fear and trembling I crossed it and that’s why you’re reading this today.
I haven’t arrived but I have started.
Writing helped me develop and share my ideas. Writing connected me with people I didn’t have access to before. Writing landed me my first interview with a major media house!
Do you want to be a blogger?