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Don't Let Your Chance Pass You By: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on May 6, 2014
Will you grab your chance before it passes you by?
Will you grab your chance before it passes you by? | Source

I Have a Secret

I don’t share this with too many people, but I can trust my literary friends, so I’ll share this secret with all of you.

I am addicted to the television show “The Voice.”

It seems odd to even write those words. Anyone who knows me knows I rarely watch television. While the average American might watch five hours of television each day, I can go weeks without watching a single show, and in fact I once went seven months without sitting in front of the television.

So you see, this addiction is completely out of character for me.

I was thinking about this fact the other day after watching the latest episode of “The Voice.” What is there about that show that has me so interested? I mean, it’s just a bunch of singers trying to win a competition. When I think of it in those terms it is nothing special…right?

It finally came to me yesterday…..I can relate to the contestants.

Josh Kauffman on The Voice

Meet Josh

One of the contestants is Josh Kaufman, a thirty-five year old father of three with some serious talent. I mean to tell you this guy can sing. During one of his reflective moments he shares with us the struggle he is going through. He is at a stage in his life where he has to decide to give up music and get a real job so his children can be raised properly, or continue to chase a dream that is at best a crapshoot. This competition is really his last chance at realizing his dream.

I get it, and I suspect many of you do as well.

I have spent the last six months of my life working on my newest novel, “Resurrecting Tobias.” During those six months I cut back on paying customers so I could devote more time to the novel. Listen, we could definitely use more money. If I had a real job, Bev wouldn’t have to work so hard. Life would be easier on us if I joined the workforce and came home weekly with a regular paycheck. I could substitute teach starting tomorrow and make $125 each day. Heck, if I had substituted during those six months that I worked on my novel, I would have made $15,000 by now, and believe me when I tell you that we could definitely use that money.

Instead I wrote, and now, six months later, I have a novel and no money.

Meanwhile, Bev works full-time.

My guess, and this is merely a guess, is that Josh won’t quit even if he does not win the competition. He really can’t quit because, well, singing is a passion for him, and when he answers the call inside of him he receives nourishment every bit as real as the food all of you eat.

Andrew to the left of Bev
Andrew to the left of Bev | Source

Meet Andrew

Andrew is my wife’s son. He is thirty-three years old and he is a musician. He has had his own band now for over eight years, working local gigs and barely scraping by from month to month. He manages to pay his bills by working carpentry part-time. Chances are that if he made carpentry his full-time job, he could make more money.

That isn’t going to happen.

Andrew has a passion for music, and he has a dream of being a full-time, successful musician.

He is following that dream.

How Many of You?

How many chances do we get in a lifetime?

When I entered college back in 1966, my dream was to get a journalism degree and be a writer. I wrote for the college newspaper as a sports columnist, and I totally loved every moment of it. The first time I saw my own byline I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

And then my father died, and my mother needed me, and there was no way I was going to travel the states in search of writing gigs and leave mom, so I changed my major to business and took the first job I could find after graduation….and now, fifty years later, I am following my dream.

Fifty years later! Thank God I lived long enough for my second chance.

How about you?

Are you following your dreams?

Yes, I can relate to Josh and Andrew. I can relate to any writer, musician, photographer, sculptor or artist. For that matter, I can relate to anyone who hears a voice within, a voice calling to them, urging them, demanding them to take that one chance and to feed that insatiable beast. You know who they are. You know who you are. They are the ones who are restless. They are the ones with visions of exotic places dancing through their heads, and they are the ones who can find no happiness in substitutions but only in the real deal. They were the starry-eyed daydreamers in grade school, the turbulent rebels in high school, and the ships without anchors as adults.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

Resurrecting Tobias...say hello to Toby King
Resurrecting Tobias...say hello to Toby King | Source

Is Time Running out for You?

We all have, if we are average, about seventy-five years to play with during our lifetimes. That’s if we are lucky of course. My dad died at forty-nine. A friend never came back from Vietnam and never saw his twenty-third birthday. A neighbor went face-to-face with cancer and lost the battle when she was thirty-nine.

In other words, what are you waiting for?

How many more chances do you think you have?

My fictional character, Toby King, from my new novel “Resurrecting Tobias,” has a few words for you:

“Trace it all back, and we arrive at that moment. What if we had had that child? What if I had simply gone to college, graduated and gotten a sports writing job like I planned? What if we had settled down in suburbia with the picket fence, two cars and a couple of children, living the American Dream till death do us part? Those are the shouldas, couldas and wouldas that will keep you up at night for a lifetime.

But we choose our paths, and we crash and burn along those bastards, and in the darkness of night they come back with a vengeance, ripping and tearing at our waking hours until the past, present and future all carry the scars of our decisions, and the scar tissue builds up until we no longer resemble the persons we once were.”

Can you relate?

How many more chances do you think you have?

So Yes, I Have a Secret

I suspect I’ll continue to watch “The Voice,” and I’ll continue to cheer on those who are taking their chance and risking it all. They may, indeed, crash and burn. They may, indeed, be forced at some point to toss aside their dreams, and follow the path of least resistance, succumbing to the economic reality.

But for those contestants, cheered on by yours truly, that moment of surrender has not yet arrived. They see their chance and they are taking it. They are embracing it, desperately clinging to it, and breathing in every last ounce of joy from it.

And when their final days are upon them, and the twilight settles down on their lives, changing their brilliant colors to black and white, they will look back on that magic moment when they tossed aside their self-doubts and their fears and they said to hell with it.

They listened to that voice inside of them and they tried.

At the very least they tried.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you know I can so relate to this and having taught making a good living and now working from home, as well as taking care of my family. Kevin is the true breadwinner in our family working full-time like Bev in yours, but still so glad I did do what I did and am following my dream here at this point. Also, just thankful for Kevin's support, as I know you are of Bev's too. And The Voice? I never would have guessed, but love knowing your secret. Have a wonderful day now, as always!

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      Amazing! I have never watched the voice but after reading this I will have to check it out. Congrats on your novel. I know you poured your heart and soul into it. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for all your helpful tips.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will have to look into that voice bill (hm) and I think we all have a voice encouraging us (besides yours) if we will only listen.

      Bev's son looks just like my younger brother! Took me by surprise you having a picture of him! lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, for sure you and I have followed similar paths to get here...and I wouldn't do it over again. I love being a writer and I know you do as well. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tipoague, thank you so much. I did pour my heart and soul into it....and if no one reads it I am still proud of it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thanks, Jackie. I'm sneaky that way, getting pictures of your family. Don't leave your curtains open at night. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great article to start my work week up and running. thanks. Somewhere there must be a "Balanceville" but I cannot seem to find it. You are certainly allowed one addiction,,, it sounds like you watch as much TV as I do.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, you have never been more inspiring. Your words ring true for

      those who had a dream and, at some point set it aside to feed their family.

      My father had a dream which he could not follow. He lived a life of

      disappointments and regrets, and he died a broken man at age 55.

      I thought he was an old man when he died. How terribly naïve

      of me.

      By nature, I am a quitter. But, you have kept me inspired over the last year. I bit off a huge chunk of creative writing. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I hear your words whispering encouragement. I will take it one day at a time, one Pacific battle at a time. My characters are depending on me to continue their story.

      You are a man who lives in Olympic, WA. You carry a burning in the pit of your stomach. You are making your dream come true.

      Bill, you must realize that you have been an inspiration to hundreds,

      if not thousands of people, who, like you, are chasing a dream.

      Without your encouragement, I, for one, would not be here, today.

      I say a heart felt, "Thank you", for keeping the fires burning. I hope to make you proud, one day.

      Sincerely,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, the fact that I'm addicted to a television show is a huge surprise considering my history of the past seven years. Thanks, buddy, and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I have tears in my eyes reading your comment. You speak for so many....there is a story inside of you that must be told, and you are letting nothing stop you. If I have helped you on that journey then I am a happy man. Thank you dear friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      First of all we love the voice and the wonderful talent..But as we know talent is not enough..It is often about placing yourself at the right place, luck etc. And we make choices in life. And life gets faster every day as you well know. I just was 20 years old..right , and you also?

      Fortunately I do love what I do but would love to have more success with my tote bags. Doing gift baskets again is fun and believe me dealing with many people creates constant chaos and confusion. And I do enjoy making money. But Bill---you have made choices and you have a strong belief system...and it will work for you..of that I am sure.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I, too, am addicted to The Voice. I'm glued to my TV every Monday and Tuesday night. Each has a story and each has a dream and each have chosen faith to guide their paths. What's beautiful is, at this point in the show, every one of the 8 who are left will have a career in music on some level. Each one will have achieved his or her dream and that's a beautiful thing.

      You just have to go for it. If you don't you may live your last days with a world of regret rather than peace that life was good.

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      Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

      A very moving post. As a life-long musician, I can identify with the difficulty of pursuing your creative passions--especially considering how terrible the economy is right now.

      As a sometimes-talent-judge myself, I have not followed the televised vocal/talent competitions too closely, as I found the judges on American Idol to be so disrespectful, and even cruel to many contestants. (I only watched during Simon Cowell's time on the show, so maybe it has improved since then). But lately I have heard a lot of people discussing "The Voice" and saying that it is better in that regard, so I will have to check it out. :-)

      I also wanted to say that the excerpt from your book really piqued my interest. Have you found a publisher or have you considered self-publishing/e-publishing options?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so happy to learn that you enjoy watching ' The voice ' not because i watch it, but because writing and doing nothing else is not healthy. The reason i don't watch it is because i'm hooked on . ' The Walton's and the most delightful show,' The Middle.' I turn my computer off at seven PM and relax. It's nice when you share something you do besides writing. I used to watch ' The voice ' and enjoyed it, but if you ever watch ' The Middle ' you will fall in love with Brick, a brilliant child with a mental affliction. His whole family is dysfunctional but hilarious. Enjoyed. Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you, but even if it doesn't work for me, I'm doing what I love to do, and how great is that? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is a great show, isn't it? There are only two I really want to win...but I really like all eight. Should be interesting tonight for sure.

      Thanks for your thoughts...no regrets my friend.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Appreciated the article. To me it was as much about the decisions artists are forced to make as it is about the show "The Voice." Well put.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This totally hit home with me bill about being broke but following my dream, I have always written stories and articles, some have been published others have ended up in the trash, but even when I was working and earning a good wage I was itching to get back to the old typewriter at the time, and now I am broke but happy with my writing, so yes we should all go for it, wise words, and last word on the Voice program, over here its pants! lol! but I get their passion for singing the same as writing, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rozalyn! I will start with an ebook and then look for a publisher...and one of the reasons I like the Voice so much is because it has a positive and encouraging atmosphere...there are no cheap shots like Cowell used to make on that other show.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thanks for the recommendation. I will check out that show just because you say it is good.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, right you are....artists have a tough road any old way you look at it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pants? LOL Thanks, Nell. Most of us are destined for poverty and that doesn't stop us at all. Remarkable, really. :)

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I'm addicted to the Voice more than Idol or any of the other talent shows because this one has good talent and judges who actually work with the talent to help them succeed. If I can't see it, I DVR it- that's a true addiction! The contestants are all good, there are no throw aways on this show. It is sad to see each of them be eliminated each week but I know each will do well from this point onward. This was a bump in the road, and a stepping stone to better things. They all will go on to better things because of this exposure. I think the judges on The Voice are far more likable than other shows because they are involved with their teams, the format is a bit different from the other shows too. AI only shows J Lopex, HConnic, KUrban judging, not helping them like The Voice judges do. I like the XFactor too. I guess I have to admit I am becoming a singing show junkie, but I have only been at this for about 2 seasons, so there might be a cure for me yet. I'm hopeful when we move away from CA this month, that my hiatus from TV will have curtailed my addiction down to one show. lol I know all addicts say this, but I really don't think this is a bad addiction :)

      I look at it like this: if my addiction doesn't involve food, drugs or harmful behavior to self or others, and only involves a TV show that I just watch each week, then the addiction doesn't rate high on the list of well known addictions. It is not one I have to hide. It is one that has tons of supporters who also unashamedly talk about it.

      Thank you billybuc for talking about it; it is nice to know I am in good company with you and other commenters here. I was thrilled to see the topic of your hub today! lol

      Yep, my name is Rachael and I am addicted to The Voice. I don't vote, but I do root from my chair. I have just learned how to vote online this morning, and so my voting statement may have to be changed in the future, because I may be starting to vote. lol I like Audra and Jake but I will be very sad if Josh does not win.

      I am consoled knowing all the superb performers will have a recording contract when the show ends. I'll sit down down now and let someone else tell their addiction story.

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      Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

      I look forward to purchasing your book. I think Amazon offers self-publishing or e-publishing. I'm sure that I saw something on there about it. With today's technology, there's got to be multiple ways to get your book out there without the standard publishing/printing deal. :-)

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I can certainly relate with Josh and you! I have some regrets in my life, that's for sure, but here lately, I've come to terms with them, through God's grace. Regret, guilt is all caused by Satan. When you put your life into Jesus' hands, He always gives you freedom, freedom from guilt and shame - He took it all to the cross for us and went through it Himself so He could relate to each of us.

      Like you said, I'm not living with the guilt and shame anymore. Life is too short and too precious. God has a plan for each of us and we need to go after it with all the gusto we can.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Rachael, you are into a healthy addiction. I agree with everything you said. It is a feel-good show for sure, and the talent is unbelievable. I'm rooting for Josh or Christina, but I would be disappointed if someone else won. They are all just excellent singers and they are becoming performers.

      Thanks for a wonderful comment. Big elimination tonight!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rozalyn! For me, a person who is tech-challenged, downloading a book into an ebook is more of a challenge than writing the darn thing. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Shame and guilt are a complete waste of time, and they take away from positive actions and thoughts....and I can't allow that to happen.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      That Toby is a wise dude.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Shhhhh...... I love The Voice too. I usually unwind at the end of the day either editing photos I have taken at some sporting event my child(ren) just competed in. Or, I read a book. I thoroughly enjoy my life NOT working at a law firm any longer, having to chase elusive billable hours and feeling bad for clients over which I have no control for the exorbitant fees charged by the firm itself (a battle which never ended throughout nearly 15 years of private practice - wanting to help at an affordable cost, but having to meet billable hour requirements) :( Anyway - much happier after taking the risk of leaving private practice, working at a usually manageable contract position which allows me time to be more fully present for the kids, attend their various activities and just BE ME!

      Great hub as always Bill. So glad you and Bev's son are both being true to yourself and living without regrets!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, he has his moments. :) Like someone else I know.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, bravo to you for leaving the law firm and making time for your children. As you know, that's the best investment you will ever make. Well done my friend, and thank you.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Wow Bill! I will definitely watch "The Voice" now. Thank you for encouraging so many of us to just go for it! I have a few things that I have allowed a little self doubt to creep in. Thanks to your hub, which I will read often until I get the courage to just try to go for it! Voted amazing, beautiful, useful and awesome! Shared & tweeted. This needs to get out and inspire more people.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are right, Bill, time is running out. We never know when it will be our turn to be face to face with our Maker. Thanks for the incentive!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, we all need a gentle kick in the tush now and then. Glad I could provide. Thank you dear friend, and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I hear my personal clock ticking. No time to waste.

      Thank you as always.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      The "what ifs." These can go either way. What if things turn out wonderful? What if they turn out disastrous? Sadly, many of us succumb to the what ifs of negative outcomes and decide to not do anything at all. It's safer, right?

      I have to admit to often overthinking consequences, churning the negative what ifs over and over, giving more credence to probability than possibility. But I'm getting better the older I get. Like you mention, there will come a day when there are no more what ifs.

      As Wayne Dyer said: "Don't die with your music still in you." I think you'll enjoy this: http://vimeo.com/19672457

      And with that, continue to enjoy watching "The Voice."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I am on the other end of the spectrum. I'll consider possibilities and then make the decision and deal with the aftermath....not too much time in that process at all. I can't be worrying about the negatives. I did that far too long when I was younger.

      Thanks for the video.....I'll watch it now.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      This is a very inspirational hub. Before I wrote my first novel, I never even thought about doing it, but now I could never stop writing. I can relate to the people you mentioned who have to work a regular job to survive because I don't make a lot writing. Yet, like them, I could never stop pursuing my passion. If I would've been having any doubts, this hub would've turned me right back around.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I love it! Thank you and I hope that passion burns bright inside of you for a long time to come.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, if I had to pick just one show to watch every week, I would pick "The Voice". Now that I have started my voice artist career, that show is valuable to me. I see people going for the gold. I get them. I know exactly how they feel about not letting the dream go. Last night I was watching Josh (I hope he wins) and after he finished singing my husband and I agreed that even if he doesn't win the competition, he has won his singing career. Bill, my husband David is to me what your wife Bev is to you. It's spousal support taken to a supreme level. I will always write, and now, with my voice artist career, I live to read and narrate books. Bill, I get paid to read! For someone like me, it doesn't get any better than that. Am I living my dream? You betcha!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I love your enthusiasm and your passion. It just shines through in everything you say. Bravo! I'm rooting for Josh or Christina.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Great Hub, Solid advice, and be sure, won't happen to me, I won't let my chance pass me by. Look at me, everyone; my time is not running out for me simply because I am running with the time. Looking intently forward a one day at a time for next 41 years ahead of me. (Depending on…) Running as fast as the others in this HP Marathon, of writers ( I still wonder if I got in as Pontus Pilate got himself into the Apostle's Creed),- hoping to move fast enough to attain the same progress as another - getting chance to find some help along the way to know the rest. Though you taught me most of what I know concerning HP, - a rest is on the way…

      A contentment comes after seeing where one started and how far has come- and there is certain success… Thank you all.

      Voted useful and interesting.

      have a blessed evening'

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This is true. Passion doesn't necessarily mean lots of money, but it does mean happiness. Ergo, if we are driven by passion, the rest takes care of itself.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love The Voice, too, for much the same reason. I wish you the very best in reaching your dreams, Bill. This is a good message for us all! No giving up allowed. You at least have to try so you don't look back in regret.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you all the way, Michelle! I love what I'm doing and that makes all the difference.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Flourish. I refuse to be eighty one day wishing I had tried and regretting that I had not. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your line about Pontius Pilate is classic. An excellent simile my friend, and a message as good as gold. Thank you!

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I have not seen The Voice, but it sounds wonderful. I do not watch much, if any, television anymore. I may need to look for it though now.

      Dreams really do come true, or in the process another dream is born. If we never try, then we will never know. It is always best to know that we had at least tried or died trying. Maybe a better way to say that is ...living while trying : )

      It is interesting to know something new about you, dear Bill, other than the writer Bill.

      Blessings always

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is too funny Bill. I am sitting here right now watching The Voice. We are addicted to it also. To your point I am also struck by the stories of the competitors who are following their passions and making sacrifices to pursue their dreams. What also really amazes me about this show is how many very talented people there are out there. I know writing is tough but the music industry is crazy tough. So, as you said, when opportunity knocks you better answer the door. Great job.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, the odds are long for any artist. Glad to know I'm not the only one addicted to that show. I just love the stories behind the singers, and how much they sacrificed to get to this point in their careers. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Faith. In all honesty, I don't talk that much about myself because I don't consider myself terribly unique. There are millions of stories like mine. I'm just glad I lived long enough to be able to tell mine.

      blessings always dear friend

      bill

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Bill, This one hits like a knife. I'm always amazed at how the years fly by. I'm not even thirty and I feel like I'm running out of time; that I don't have enough time to accomplish all that I've set out to do.

      I needed this encouragement. I believe in my writing, but there are days when it's hard. It feels like all of my chips are out on the table and I'm trying to hide my bluff. Making a living at this is like a ball rolling down a hill, it's really difficult to get it into motion, but as it progresses, it picks up speed. My ball is picking up speed, but it's still at the top of the hill. I just have to remember that I have another 40 years to push the ball and need to pace myself.

      Everything in our society says that chasing our dreams is a one way ticket to failure. Please, for our stakes, as well as your own, prove them wrong.

      I love the Resurrecting Tobias quote. I can't wait to read it! Is there anyway I can purchase a signed copy from you when it comes out?

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You certainly have a knack for writing inspirational hubs, Bill! I've never seen The Voice, but I've watched similar shows. It's wonderful to see people trying to follow their dream.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, most of us will be able to relate, although there are still a few more mountains to climb and I wish I didn't have to think about money in my old age, I'm happy with the choices I've made thus far. Great article, it's good to take stock and reflect on life. Inspirational as always, have a wonderful day and my best to you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very timely inspiration for me. I've always been cautious, but now I'm playing against time (as we all are). Yea, risks can hardly hurt me now. Thank you, Bill.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bev is a saint to work full-time to allow you to write your novel and blogs. Remember that and be sure to do something nice for her today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, I love your description of the challenges we face. No easy feat, making it as a writer...but we have to try.

      Thank you for your kind words about my novel. It will come out first as an ebook and then I'm going to try to entice a publisher to publish the hard copy....once it is in hard copy you can bet you will get a signed copy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Alicia. I want that for all of us.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, if you are in old age, then I am ancient. LOL Let's not talk that way, okay?

      Thank you dear friend, and blessings today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the spirit, Dora! You go, lady!

      and thank you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, you got that right. She really is a doll and my number one fan. Thank you for saying that.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Bill, I think it’s wonderful that you are finally getting to follow your dream. Sometimes life does get in the way of our dreams and our happiness. I picked up where I left off and graduated college after my oldest son graduated. I was 48 when I got my first sheepskin, 51 when I got the second. Good things do happen when we don’t give up. If I had not dropped out and graduated when I was young, I probably would have led a rather ordinary life as a schoolmarm in the Ozarks. I would have married some local yokel and never had the adventures that I’ve had. Life as I chose was hard, but it was exciting and lots of times, fun. I used to wonder “what if”, but I don’t any more. I’m thankful for the path I took.

      Encourage Josh to keep his music up. I don’t think he will regret it.

      What a beautiful photo. Is that Bev? My best to you and your family. Voted up++

      P.S. I’ll confess I’ve never watched The Voice.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I love the choices you made and the determination you had to take on new challenges at middle age. Bravo my friend and yes, that is Bev, and I am a lucky man.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      The harsh reality is that you need money to follow that dream. My daughter is enormously talented. She sang the National Anthem for the Kicks, the Jets, the Mets, and so many more. She sang with BillyJoel, the Transiberian Orchestra and she played all over Manhattan with her band. In the end, she married and real life and babies and a career took hold. She is just now getting back to her music. We'll have to see what happens next, but if I had a spare million I would use it to free her from the reality of making a living. Up and awesome, billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lot of money or just plain luck and talent....of course, breakfastpop, having all three would be a major bonus. :) Good luck to your daughter.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      There is such a good message here Bill. You do really need to make the most of your opportunities. You may only get one chance in life, if you are lucky more, but many of us let them slip by. I am also addicted to 'The Voice" both US and Australian versions. Some of the contestants have been trying to make it for years and this is often their last real opportunity to break through, others may have some physical disadvantage or their looks are a detriment to success through normal channels, but because The voice has blind auditions, they have a chance on this show. There are some touching behind the scenes stories and you are shattered for some of the singers when no chair turns around. I can relate to them and know exactly how many feel, giving up a lot to pursue their passions. Great hub, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I love the blind auditions angle, for the very reason you gave. I'm glad I'm not alone in my addiction. :) Thanks, buddy, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      You are indeed a great writer, I enjoyed reading all the way. What you write here is important. A lot of people do this... I think we all have our reasons and "excuses". There are children in our lives, old parents and so on. We tie us up to a lot of things we can't stop doing. But well we should listen more to our hearts and follow our dreams a bit more. What is it really we are afraid to loose? Our nearest and loved ones will still be there.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I believe that. We have nothing to lose by trying. Maybe we will fail, but at least we will have tried. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I once saw the Chinese version of The Voice. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now that would be cool, vkwok! Thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      What you say in this hub also goes if one's aspiration and intent is to own and manage a successful and ideal restaurant or bookshop or car repair shop or to be a prize-winning organic garlic farmer or to push the envelope of math or....

      I'm into writing, too, and am keenly aware of the narrowing gap between chance for accomplishment and death. Why not just relax in a coffin with some candy bars and comic books and wait for the end? Because it is more fun and interesting to challenge myself to get ever better at what I am and do.

      I'm betting that you will do quite well as a novelist. Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I love the question you pose. Why not just relax in a coffin and wait? Beautifully said my friend, and thank you for the kind words.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, each second is precious in our life.Those who understand it make good of their life. But most us procrastinate thinking that we have all the time in the world. There is not a second to be lost as each of it counts. As usual you were very inspiring and taught me the most valuable lesson. Never let a chance pass by!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mathira, I have to keep reminding myself of this lesson in life. Blessings to you my friend, and thank you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is full of surprises and should be treated as a gift

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, the surprises are what makes like so interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have delayed following my dreams until this year for various reasons: moves, family support, and lack of funding. Now, many years later I am ready to follow through on my dream of writing a book. I am pulling together the research and notes to begin writing this month. It will be an exciting adventure. Yes, thank God for second chances! I will have to watch The Voice soon and see what all the excitement is about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I am so excited for you. Bravo my friend. I look forward to hearing progress reports about that book.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's all any of us can do is try to live that dream. If we try hard enough, I really believe that it will happen.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you and I are on the same page. Want it...go for it....live it.

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      HappyMikeWritter 2 years ago

      I am addicted to The voice, X-factor and Britain's got talent LOL It always amaze me how brave the people are, eager to show up their talent and get recognized. Something I would always adore as I would never be able do by myself.

      Totally enjoyed reading this article

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike. In truth, there is no way I'd get on that stage and sing....no way at all!

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      BillBuc,

      Oh, I can relate! So needed this. Love your personal video. Very motivation! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Easy Exercise. I appreciate your kindness.

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