Do you remember last month when I told you about 8-year-old Dillon and the book he authored and snuck onto the library shelves?
I had also recently finished Alisha Rai’s Girl Gone Viral, a romance full of kind and gentle healing, and one of the messages Rai offers by way of her main character, Katrina, is the idea of taking up space. It’s not a new concept; rather, a reminder.
I think about Story and I think about eight-year-old Dillon and his belief in himself already to take up space (I so hope he doesn’t lose this in the coming years) and I think about ways I have taken space and continue to take space. I’m not one to generally shrink away from things, but embarking upon the publishing journey after I re-took up writing again several years ago definitely challenged my confidence and fortitude. Sometimes you have to be ready to take up space. And sometimes you have to dig deep to pull up the eight-year-old faith in yourself. The one that says, “Why wouldn’t others want to read my stories?”
I don’t think you can share Art with the world unless you have that faith, that self-confidence. It’s not always easy to maintain the 8-year-old mentality, but I think it’s worth it, don’t you? I hope for you today, upon reading this, that you will pause a moment and consider how you are taking up space and celebrate this faith in yourself. And if you feel you aren’t doing it, I invite you to use the same pause and dig deep to find what you need to push yourself into the space you have earned and deserve.