By: William G. Muir
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy laid out the United States commitment to be the first country to put a man on the moon.
We chose to go to the moon not because it is easy, but because it was hard. Just think about that. In today's world if things are not easily accomplished we throw up our hands in disgust and abandon whatever it is altogether. There are very few among us that are willing to put in the time or the effort to see a project through. If the work is too hard we are just not interested.
If I had to hazard a guess on why this is, I would be willing to bet it is because we only see the end product. When we see Peyton Manning throw that game winning touchdown; when we see Al Pacino on the big screen; when read the latest Stephen King novel. What we are seeing are the finished product. The version that has been shined and polished to look all pretty. What we don't see are all the bumps and scars and hard work that it took to get to that end point.
It has been a life long dream of mine to be a writer. I have said this before. I have also said that at one point I was scared off because I was afraid that I lacked the skills to do this. But there was always that burning desire inside me to see my work one day published. I always knew that this would be an uphill struggle, but I am committed to see it through. My parents and grandparents instilled in me the importance of hard work, that you do a job until it is done. And that is what I have planned to do, and a commitment that I have made to my writing partner Michala.
If writing was easy, everybody would do it. But writing is far from easy. It is a constant struggle to reconcile what you picture in your mind and finding a way to put it down on paper. It is a constant battle to try and find just the right words to express to the audience what you want to say. It is hours and hours of going over the same line, just trying to get it right. We battle our own demons of doubt just so we can find the proper phrasing so that it sounds like the song of a nightingale.
Those of us that choose to do things that are hard never stop striving to achieve. Once we have accomplished one goal, once we have climbed the highest mountain we look for the next highest peak to scale. If we can not find that next peak we bloody well create the next one. We scan our horizons for what has yet to be conquered and we set out to be the one to conquer it. It is part of our very nature to push ourselves beyond our limits. We want to feel that rush of adrenaline that comes with going beyond our own boundaries.
So I choose to write not because it is easy, I choose to write because it is hard!