The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

Thoughts with Zoe


July 24, 2019

It's Time to Fly

In December 2017, when I started writing for the Mountaineer, I felt inadequate. In nineteen months, I've improved. I've learned a local paper is essential. Philosophically, I believe the Big Sandy Mountaineer should be used to celebrate who we are. It should be a tool to keep us connected. Rural lives matter, and we need to be supporting our community.

I do have dreams. It will take time before I can make them a reality. However, it's worth the effort. Nothing gained without trying. Nothing learned without an attempt. What do I gain if I grow a little, learn how to be a better writer, take better pictures.

The funny thing is most want to be writers are afraid no one will publish them, I don't have to worry about that anymore. If anyone wants to learn how to write, we can learn together.

There is a song written by Idina Menzel called Defying Gravity. I especially like the power in words and took to heart the last line, "Close my eyes and leap."

"Something has changed within me

Something is not the same

I'm through with playing by

The rules of someone else's game

Too late for second-guessing

Too late to go back to sleep

It's time to trust my instincts

Close my eyes and leap."

If I were too afraid to try, I'd regret it for the rest of my life. What do I lose if I fail? Nothing. Time to live out the dreams.


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