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Casting doubt aside

Updated on July 18, 2014
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"“A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.”

― Shannon L. Alder"

Relationship author Shannon Alder puts into poignant words our feelings when

no one supports us in our passions and endeavors.

Raised eyebrows and pitying looks are all too familiar. We receive them when we decide to do what is not conventional. When we decide to sail in a less stable bum boat in our own sea of passion, few want to hand us paddles.

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Casting Doubt Aside : A Personal Experience

Going into full-time writing was much like drifting in a rocky bum boat. Many saw my leaving the teaching profession to pursue it as nothing short of insane. Without the empathy or support from even those whom I am closer to, I was left sailing with no paddle.

After two strenuous years of pursuing this interest, I have thankfully begun to harvest some rewards and come closer to the shore I aim for. Moving my bum boat with no paddle has been arduous, yet I would not make any other decision.

You Should Always Follow Your Passion

Sailing with no paddle: casting doubt aside

Indeed, the waters of interest and passion are choppy. How do we press on with no paddle?

1. Remember that life is short.

We have first to remember that we have limited years on Earth. Spending them drowned in activities we are not keen on serves no purpose other than going through pedantic, sometimes fruitless routine.

I spent my teaching years going through such motions. A noble profession it always will be, but it simply never clicked with me. Many times, I was overcome by feelings of loneliness and sometimes, dread.

2. Make your passion your priority.

And then, we must put our passions first. Venturing is never easy, but sailing unchartered waters is less mystifying if it is our personal choice. Truthfully, I look forward to writing tasks and like teaching ones quite little.

When we dare to make our passion our work, it flows more seamlessly. For me, it is definitely easier to please freelance writing clients than errant students.

3. It is difficult to empathize with new ideas.

We must also bear in mind that accepting new ideas and possibilities is frightening. People put down what they do not understand. Safe in a secure net, people dare not reach out to embrace the new.

Exercise patience. Persuading them to understand our need to sail a new course is difficult.

4. People are insecure.

To add, people are insecure. They dislike challenges to their norms. They may, unconsciously or otherwise, envy you for daring to make bold changes.

Ignore these reactions and sail forth anyway.

5. Anything is possible.

Lastly, anything is possible. We may or may not experience success with what we do, but we will be sure to learn and grow. That is already moving forward.


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No Paddle: A poem


in

Life's

Bum boat

That slowly drifts

Wades in slow tandem

With the Spirit's uncertain sea


With

No

Paddle

To pull forth

In cold, vast waters

Small boat meanders with unease


Yet

Time

The boat

Has to float

In streaming waters

Is of short-lived, beauteous essence


The

Sea's

Warm water

Will consume

Tingle with sure truth

And push forth surely, not propelled


As

Souls

Weary

None will dare

Swim unchartered sea

Or paddle rustic bum boat forth


But

The

Unknown

Swollen sea

Has concealed beauty

Sweet gems for drifting boat to find.

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All of us have experiences of casting doubt aside to share. Feel free to discuss these in the comments!


Original Work by Michelle a Liew Tsui-Lin

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    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Hey Meldz! There you are! Will be coming round!

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      ignugent17 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful. It is nice to be courageous and face the realities of life. This is really inspiring Michelle.

      Have a great day! :-)

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nithya!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitrangada.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Blossom!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and happy to know that you have succeeded. Never giving up is the key .

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      How inspirational and motivating!

      Your words have truly inspired me. If someone is committed with full determination, success will surely be achieved.

      Wish you further success and thanks for sharing this excellent hub!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Blessings on your venture! Like the boat, both life and writing have their ups and downs, so I hope you have lots more ups than downs. Thank you for sharing about it. I'm sending this on to encourage a granddaughter who has just decided to follow this path, too.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Travmaj. Navigating it is definitely not easy. We fall and fail and simply keep going because we want to!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Manatita.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, MizBejabbers. They are common here in Singapore!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dianna. Slowly, but surely!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Suzette! You find better success doing something you truly excel at.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Wise words, Perspycacious!!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Well-said, Joyce!

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill!

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      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      Watching from the shore I can see what a wonderful job you are doing navigating your chosen career. A difficult journey becomes meaningful.. Clearly, you have all the qualities to succeed and you have. No doubt about it. We can all learn from your positive attitude.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      You say it all with great clarity, Michelle, and yes, anything is possible.

      You now seem to be doing well. I may ask you for some pointers some day. Remain positive and driven and God speed!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have made your point quite clear and achieving your goals is very important

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      I’m glad to hear that your writing has worked out successfully for you. Lots of teachers are leaving the profession for various and sundry reasons, but it’s good that you left because you had something more fulfilling to do. Very nice little poem. I had never heard of a bum boat. Voted you up ++

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Your message is inspiring. You can't go too far on just one paddle. A balanced movement gets you there. Glad you are reaching your goals. Blessings, sweet lady.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Congratulations and good for you. I am glad you are persuing your passion of writing. I am sure your family and 'friends' thought you had lost you mind when you left teaching. But, you did the right thing for you. It is not good to languish in a profession just because it fits the norm and brings in money. I love the metaphor of the bum boat you used here. Creative!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Take a life jacket with you in the form of Plan B because not everything works the first time around, but the second time you will have learned important lessons which can make a successful difference.

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      Angela 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Go with the flow, push through the currents and stay your course always keeping your destination in sight.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo to you, Michelle. You have remained focus on your goal and you did not give up. Very well done.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      We can move on despite the doubts of others.

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