Being Your Own Impediment
Believing in yourself can sometimes be your biggest stumbling block, as little Bilbo Baggins knows all too well. It’s only when Gandalf leaves the group and Bilbo is put to the test, that we see exactly what he has going on.
For years I have been told that I should write a book. I have been told by family (let’s face it they are not exactly objective), friends, and teachers. I have to admit that it is my own perceived limitations that are stopping me. It’s that little nagging voice in the back of my mind that has me halted. “You could never be as good as they suspect.” It taunts me and so I have yet to write a book. I have always been a writer. I have pages and pages of my writing. My senior prediction in high school was that I would write the next great American novel, even then you could hardly find me without pen to paper.
Now, like Mr. Baggins, it is fear that has me stopped. I have to wonder if I should take Gandalf’s advice and just plunge ahead. Maybe I too have more to me than even I believe is there.