“Why do you want to hide your story from your readers?”
It was my first and only meeting with my editor. She had just reviewed my script as I was finally ready for the last stage before submitting it to publishers. She gave me a lot to think about…
I had a vision of “The Journey of the Heart”, Mylandra and Unique, in March 2014, as I traveled alone in the deep winter of Canada. At first “The Journey of the Heart” was meant to be a show, but then, last year, I realized it was time to finish the story and adapt it to a book.
It took me almost seven years to decide how to end the tale. I needed to allow my own story to unfold. In fact, something else my editor said keeps ringing in my mind:
“Allow the story to come to you.”
Deep stuff here!
After this meeting with her, I allowed. I allowed myself to get out of the bushes of my metaphors and I allowed the story to come to me.
After all, I spent a lifetime pushing through the boxes set by my surroundings and by society. Who was I really? I was truly myself only when alone in nature. There, I was.
Finishing and rewriting my book was painful and beautiful. I kept cracking the cages I put myself into in order to fit in and find my place in the world. I broke free.
Something happened then. I became the artist I was always meant to be. I became me. And by sharing my passion and my love for life, extraordinary opportunities presented themselves to me. I was offered to create and co-create, to take a stand in several companies.
It did not stop there. Mid-November, I submitted my final script to three publishers. That same week, I received two offers, including a contract ready to sign. The week preceding my submissions to these publishers, I allowed myself to intuitively draw graphics. I did so in a meditative state, giving myself the mental freedom to create. I did not know then that any of my writing or drawings had any value, I was only creating out of my own fire. They loved it!
The moral of the story is that I only found my place when I stopped looking for it. I lived my passion and then, my place found me.
So if I can offer only three words for you to keep close to your heart in 2021, here they are:
DARE. TO. BE.
May this be your 2021 resolution.
To learn about “The Journey of the Heart”, visit TheJourneyOfTheHeart.com
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A special “thank you” to my editor Lauren DeStefano.