It's come to my attention that there's a few writers out there experiencing a less than enthusiastic attitude toward their dreams! In various places around the blogosphere, I've noticed writers getting down on themselves for not pushing forward - others lamenting the lessened desire to follow their dreams. I'll put up my hand right now and admit that I am one of the writers who seems to be in a funk.
It could be the weather - torrential rain and violent storms on The Prairies, a heat wave on Canada's East Coast. Perhaps, as my good friend Silver has suggested, a planet is in retrograde (still not sure exactly what that means, but I firmly believe that the planets and stars, moon and sun effect our outlook and our energy). A certain person - not naming names - actually talked about walking away! Now if that's the weather or the planets, then we've got to do something about this because this writer is talented and needs to keep plugging away (hope she's reading while on vacation).
So - all of this got me thinking that we need a motivational party. And it's Friday - a perfect day for a party. Let's get it started:
One of my favorite movies about going after your dreams, working like a dog to pay the rent and improve your craft, not to mention there's dancing (I'm all about the dancing) - I give you Flashdance! Alex Owens has a dream - to dance for a real dance company - and she goes after that dream even when the going gets tough.
Doesn't that get your toes tapping - and maybe a little desire to reach for that dream?
What would a motivational 80's party be if we didn't include a power ballad. Pretty lame, if you ask me! This ended up being a theme song to a movie, but it was originally written as a tribute for Rick Hansen - THE man in motion. And check out some of these lyrics:
Play the game, you know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on, only you can do what must be done
Now, Rocky is not an 80's movie - but I consider 1979 close enough. An underdog in the biggest sense of the word, Rocky works hard to live his dream. And if anyone hasn't seen the new Rocky (Rocky Balboa), let me tell you, it's the best one! But this is the 80's (79's) and we need to remember Rocky's stuggle to win! (For a fabulous Rocky quote click here)
Feeling motivated? Starting to get that enthusiasm back - ready to tackle your dreams with the determination and persistance needed in this biz? No - then how about this:
"If you build it, he will come!"
Yep, Field of Dreams. Talk about a man's dream and facing the impossible, the ridicule, the unbelievers! I couldn't download the trailer - which has some amazing motivational lines - so here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHTsQ9qePrQ&feature=related. Go right to the end - the voice over gave me chills.
There are so many 80's movies and songs to choose from - but like every good party, it must come to an end. I hope you've been motivated, inspired to keep working at your dreams - because if you don't, who will? I'll leave you, People of Blogland, with this 80's classic - and the question 'What motivates you when it just doesn't seem like you can put one more word on paper?'