Writing Through a Brick Wall

The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
Randy Pausch

If I’ve learned anything at all, it’s that the above quote is true in every part of my life. It’s especially true in my desire to write and research for a living. Hitting those walls full-tilt, or going over, around or under, tests my determination.

Of course, I’ve gone through all the normal and not-so-normal parts of living. Growing up through the 1960s (the “last innocent decade”) and graduating in the 1970s. Getting married (and divorced); parenthood and widowhood and empty-nester; a bipolar disorder diagnosis and subsequent counseling; taking political and religious stands; and the deaths of my own parents. From a full-time retail job to freelancing, and so much more in-between.

Through it all, the one thing that underlines all those stage and on through tomorrow, is the fact – the bald and unvarnished fact – that I wrote. I wrote then and I write now. I’ll write tomorrow and the day after that. Many times it was (and still is) to understand what happened and how to “get through it.” But through all this, I felt determined, nay compelled to write about it all.

Now, while I still don’t know even half of everything out there (science, technology, mechanics and computers in particular), I can research and write about half of everything else. Writing copy for clients so that they can reach their customers is another form of writing. I research new subjects and old businesses; fact-finding and sharing what I find through good writing makes my clients’ jobs easier.

Yes, I’ve hit brick walls throughout my life. I still do. I’ll probably do so as long as I have a working brain and a decent computer. Writing over, around, under and through the remaining brick walls enhances my determination to succeed – and, in the end, help my clients succeed.

What brick walls have you run into and toppled? Where were you in your life when you did it? What did you learn from it that you’re proud to pass on?

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