By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor
After I graduated from college I had to move back home. Jobs were scarce. I had no money left over. Plans to travel had to be put on hold.
A month after arriving in the “real world,” I fell into a massive depression. Fear of failure took hold of me. What if I don’t get a job? What if I got the wrong degree? What if I let everyone down?
What if, what if, what if.
Those weren’t the questions I thought I’d be asking myself.
Two years later, even though I do have a job and I’m feeling a bit more stable on my feet, I still ask those questions from time to time. Because it doesn’t feel like I’ve made it. I wonder if it will ever feel like that. It’s hard to keep the faith. It’s hard to stay motivated in a world full of rejection.
But I’ve decided I’m not going to lose hope.
I am going to be brave.
Just like my mom.
After over a decade of being a working mother she retired to pursue her dream of writing a novel, to finish a story that has been in her head since she was fourteen years old.
In May of this year she officially self-published The Blood, the first novel in the three part series, The Stone’s Blade.
The bright side of living at home during this time was that I got to witness every step of her process as she found an editor, and a cover designer, and made constant revisions to improve the manuscript. She reached out for feedback from beta readers and fretted over back cover summaries. I observed her devotion to the story as she started to write the sequel while still proofreading and ironing out formatting issues on the first book. She worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality.
And this last weekend my mother became an award-winning author and publisher receiving recognitions in both science fiction and fantasy by the CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association) EVVY Awards.
Not only am I a proud daughter, I am also inspired by her work ethic and diligence during this arduous process. She took a huge risk in order to share her story. It’s terrifying to put yourself out there like that, to take that leap.
I didn’t realize it until now, but my mother is the bravest person I know.
She has taught me that it is never too late to do the thing you’ve always wanted to do.
You just have to be brave enough to go after it.
It’s never too late to fight for your dream.
It’s never too late to be the best version of yourself.
It’s never too late to change your world.
Yes, it’s scary.
Yes, it’s difficult.
Yes, it takes a lot of hard work and motivation.
Yes, you might not see the benefits immediately.
It’s never too late to make the life you want.
You just have to be brave.
What's hold you back from owning your brave?
- Who is someone you consider brave? What makes them brave? How have they dealt with challenge or struggle? What can you learn from them to help you find your brave?
Devin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.