Top Tip Of The Week

Feel the Fear and do it Anyway!

Some of you have read my ‘About Me’ page and been intrigued how an accident changed the course of my life and brought me to writing. So here’s an insight for you:

I was 24-years-old at the time and working in a bank. And I hated it. I was absolutely miserable, but my dad kept telling me it was a good job so I stayed.

Then came the accident. I injured my spine, hips and pelvis. The next year was spent lying out on my bed, in pain, hardly able to move. The doctors and specialists told me, ‘This is it. This is as good as it gets.’

I remember thinking, This can’t be how my life is going to be. I can’t spend the rest of my life lying on my bed. 

It was soon after that I saw an advert for a distance-learning writing course. I’d always loved writing stories and so began my love affair with writing. Everything seemed to slot into place after that and I also found a private specialist who helped me with my injuries.

I often wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t had that accident. Would I still be at the bank, deeply unhappy? I hope not. I like to think I’d have found my way to writing somehow.

So, my tip to you, if you want to make changes in your life, but are scared and uncertain, is to just do it! Yes, it’s scary. But life is so short. Grab every opportunity you can. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

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9 Responses to Top Tip Of The Week

  1. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    Wow.. Now that’s a story! I hope the physical pain has subsided.. Ouchies

  2. TanGental says:

    Sitting, as I am, soaking up morphine like a sand dune in summer, I appreciate your words. Well done you on biting the bullet. There was a great post I read today about high achievers potentially being bad for society because they are risk averse and you proved that taking risks is a good thing and essential both on a personal level as well as a societal level. You may already follow Norah but if not, have a look at this one; I think you will empathise. Take care; I’m off to make wall shadows with my ears…!!

  3. Jane Risdon says:

    Ester, fab to meet you on your blog, thank for popping over to mine and liking one of my posts. Much appreciated. I do hope your injury is healed and you are mobile and pain free. I’m in my 3rd year of pain and restricted movement after falling down the stairs. Nothing as serious as your injuries but no more fun! Enjoyed reading your blog and will be back. Meantime do pop across and find the links to the regular music blog I write for Creative Frontiers (Snore Poison and also The Auditions) and let me know your thoughts on the weird and wonderful world I ‘ve inhabited. CF would appreciate it if visitors left their thoughts and so would I – very much. I love Short Stories as well as Flash Fiction but apart from a couple of articles, have not written seriously for magazines and so on. Full length books are my thing and I have been working hard on a series, so losing mobility has been a problem. How did you cope with writing when lying on your back all the time? I have to use one arm only. Keep getting better. Keep writing and blogging. I will be back soon 🙂

    • Thanks Jane; I’ve enjoyed taking a deeper look at your blog and will certainly keep checking it. Sorry to hear of your loss of mobility. It isn’t easy, is it? I have to keep having lots of breaks but I have improved over time so that’s something. Take care 🙂

      • Jane Risdon says:

        I am sure the pain gets to the point you need to try and shift abut but it is not easy I can imagine. I am glad you have had a potter around. I try and pop into as many as I can each week as it is lovely to know new people and read their posts. I have had some lovely followers here for all the time I have been blogging – 3 years now – and meeting them has been inspirational too. I shall pop in again soon, meantime keep well and keep smiling 🙂

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