“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
Sometimes when you have a dream it seems like the whole world is against you, and you’re in this alone.
And even if that’s true, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream. Your loved ones might discourage you out of so-called “love,” but it’s only because they don’t see your dream the way you do. They don’t understand what you see.
But that’s ok. The only person who has to believe in you is YOU.
Even if the whole world is against you, if you just believe in yourself, that’s all that matters (and I believe in you :)).
You might fail hundreds of times and make countless mistakes, but you just have to pick yourself up and keep going.
Is this dream important to you? Obstacles are there not to stop you, but to see how much this goal matters to you. It’s a test of your will and commitment.
Maybe you don’t really believe in yourself either, or you’re letting other people’s comments get to you. That’s ok too. How would you behave if you were someone who believed in themselves? Do you have a role model? What would they do in your situation?
Start acting as if you’re already there, and you’ll get there faster.
I love the quote above by Van Gogh. When I was younger I showed some writing to friends and was criticized and questioned for not being a “serious” artist.
It crushed me. Besides school assignments, I didn’t write for years. I wanted to, but their comments that I wasn’t a serious writer haunted me constantly in the back of my mind.
But one day, I decided that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought of my art. It only mattered what I thought. I loved writing, and it made me happy, so I decided to pick up a pen (or keyboard) and start writing again. The voice within me said I couldn’t write, but I wrote anyway and pushed through the criticism I heard when I was younger, and I never stumbled again.
Today I write almost every day and have reached thousands of people with my writing. All because I believed in myself when others didn’t.
That’s what you have to do – keep believing in yourself. You can do it.