Expectations.

June 23, 2016, we had just celebrated my grandfather’s last birthday and I was coming to terms that losing him was inevitable. So I started scribbling down notes on whatever I could find until it combined into what I thought was a short story. I expected my writing to be an outlet for my feelings, to let off some steam. Instead, I found a safe and healing place where I belonged.

When you start working towards a dream you can’t help but expect all the wonderful things you’d be able to easily achieve. I expected my story to finish in 5 pages but it turned into a novel. I expected my novel to finish in a year, instead writing courses popped up and they brought learning opportunities for me to edit the entire novel. The courses also helped me fix my point of views and my plot even more.

I expected to stop after a few mistakes and writer’s block, but the story kept pulling me into the world I created for it. I expected to stop after my grandfather’s funeral and the loss of two uncles. Instead, I felt an enormous force of energy pushing me through. I wrote my way through numerous hospital visits, three funerals which were followed by several memorials. I expected to stop after each heartbreak, but I kept going.

Recently, when I began discussing these things aloud I expected to be criticized instead, I was faced with a lot of love and support.

As June 26th, 2018, marks my second writing anniversary I’d like to send a message to anyone following through their dreams: I sincerely hope that your journey will be magical enough for you to soar above your expectations.

©ZeinaA.G

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Manessah B. says:

    This is very encouraging and inspiring! The darkest moments in our lives definitely bring out strength and determination we don’t oftentimes think we have. I am glad that you pushed through the pain and continued to pursue your passions, because you are definitely making a difference! 🙂

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    1. This is wonderful to read! I was always afraid of sharing but perserverance and learning that even famous writers struggle greatly made a huge difference. So now it comes out easier. Hope the novel will get the same reaction too. ❤ Thank you for commenting😊

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      1. Manessah B. says:

        I am learning to come out of my shell, as well, and I have to say it is pretty liberating! Lol 😁

        It’s always scary putting ourselves out there, allowing our souls to be naked, but I’m learning that coming out of that comfort zone can help others do the same. Your work is truly inspiring and you have a beautiful gift. I’m sure your novel will be a success! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! You’re very welcome for the comment and thank you so much for the follow! I’m truly humbled. 😃

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      2. It is liberating and you start to feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to continue your project. Once you’re determined it’s like a never ending river of creativity.
        I took a fast look at your blog because it was late at night here, I really liked your writing. Looking forward to read more from you.

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      3. Manessah B. says:

        So very true!

        Thank you so much for the kind words! I am very humbled. Hope you have an amazing day. 🙂

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  2. Jokerswild says:

    This is nothing to criticize, this is only something to admire. This just shows that you are strong and your determination carries you to keep going. Dreams don’t die, they continue and this is so inspirational. To continue writing after each road block that went up just shows that dreams continue as long as you stay awake. You are a strong minded person lovely, without struggle there is no progress. I’m sure once your journey of your novel is complete, it would have been worth the walk.❤️. You are to be commended and admired.😊🌹❤️

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    1. Thank you for your kind words & for the constant support. ♥♥

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      1. Jokerswild says:

        No problem lovely, that was a wonderful and touching write❤️. You have my support, your writing is wonderful, love what comes from the heart.❤️🌹

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  3. For some writing works like a medicine, for others it’s a distraction. But it takes skill even more, it takes the courage to delve into our deepest emotions be it hopes fears or pain. Keep writing if that’s what you want and always follow your heart.😊

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