A while back I talked about how “deserve has nothing to do with it.” Now I want to talk about the opposite. Sometimes, deserve has everything to do with it.
For those of us who were born in relative privilege, we have to deserve the things that we get and that we go for.
We may be handed a lot, being born in a country that’s not war-torn, that has clean water, that has vaccinations. But there are things we have to earn.
I was reading an Onion article called, “find the thing you love most, and do it on nights and weekends for the rest of your life.” I have to admit I found it pretty depressing.
But when I look back at when I was younger and had more time and opportunity, I see that I never really took advantage of it.
I never really pursued being a writer when I was young and had the relative freedom to do that. I certainly never pushed myself, writing hard and really studying to improve my skills, when I was young and had so much more time than I do now.
In short, I didn’t deserve to succeed. I didn’t deserve to be a writer.
What that means now is that if I ever want to have even some sideline success with this, is that now I’m going to have to earn it when it’s harder.
I wasted my playthrough on the “easy setting” and now I’m going to slightly harder setting … still not anywhere near the hardest setting … but slightly harder than before.
And so now I’m going to have to prove that I want this more and then I’m willing to be more disciplined than I was as a young man, and do this while still keeping up my work and family responsibilities, even though it’s harder now than it was before.
And I have to be more disciplined and more dedicated than I’ve ever been before. Which is a pretty low bar to leap.