For the past several weeks, I have been on an emotional roller coaster. These weeks have been a mixture of emotions including but not limited to: excitement, anxiety, fear and even sadness. I was excited and still am excited about my debut novel Poka City Blues being sold in stores soon, but I am also a little anxious and a bit sad because my father is battling lung cancer. To hear that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer is one of the most earth shattering feelings a person can experience. For me, everything stopped at that moment because all I could think about was banding together with my family to help my father beat this terrible disease.
All the while, I had to put book signings and meet and greets on hold because I really want to be there for my parents. I even had to put a pause on promoting my other two short stories. Yes, as a new and budding writer, I know and understand how that can possibly hold me back some, but I am a firm believer that what is meant to be will be. No amount of delays or inconveniences in life will hold me back or stop me from becoming the writer I want to be.
One thing that keeps me going is my faith, my drive and my determination to see things through no matter how tough or difficult things may get. Adding to that is the power of hope. Sometimes things can get so bad in our lives that we sometimes lose hope, but we have to keep in mind that as long as there is hope, anything is possible. Besides, I am way too determined to give up. My family believes in me too much and I for sure believe in myself.
So, do not count me out because I ain’t going no where! Through it all, I will continue to wear a brave smile.
Until next time…