As a young woman about to graduate college, I always tend to wonder what life will be like once I leave school. Face it. We have our whole lives ahead of us, so let’s make it count!
Aside from finding ourselves in our careers or worrying about whether or not we will find a well-paying job, it is equally important to focus on all the fun and exciting things we can do in life before we are established in our future endeavors.
I am not just talking about traveling America or sailing around the world to see new places foreign from our homes—I am also talking about following your dreams and your heart’s desires to pursue the career that you alone want to make your legacy in life.
Just take a close look at one of America’s most distinguished pioneers—Walt Disney. The man who started it with a mouse! 🙂
Born to Elias and Flora Disney in 1901, Walt Disney grew up in a small-town in Marceline, Missouri. As a young man with no name in the world, Disney decided to embark on an adventure to conquest his heart’s desire of becoming an artist-a dream many thought would be a useless or impossible profession.
After Walt’s first success with Steamboat Willie in 1928, to his media breakthrough with his first feature-length film Snow White in 1937, Walt encountered several hardships throughout the remainder of his career until Disneyland opened in 1955.
Once overcoming financial struggles, tension with rival filmmakers, and heavy competition with other artistic opponents, Walt fulfilled his desire by becoming successful with his passion, which involved not only creating fun cartoons for children, but also to embrace the American family as one union.
Exemplifying the American pop culture of the time, Walt Disney’s dream continues to live on today, as Americans in every generation look fondly on Disney’s success and uphold the spirit to follow their hearts and conquer the odds.
This is one of many reasons why I like to pay homage to Walk Disney, as I always admired that man who launched his dream starting with a mouse. The perfect example of pursing the impossible!
Setting forth this idea into motion, I too intend to pursue my own dreams as I become established in my own career field in Communication and business management.
This summer, I finally plan to publish my first American Civil War diary novella that I have been diligently working on for the past four years.
As I am currently taking the Writing Senior Seminar, in which I will receive timely feedback from my mentor and from peer critiques during my class workshops, my next step is to find a publisher who would be interested in my story.
After I graduate this semester, I hope to make connections with other young historical fiction writers who share a passion in American history as I do with the hopes to receive further insight on the genre and the publishing process.
Although this idea alone sounds far-fetched to me now (considering I never published a book in my life), I am holding on to my heart’s desire as I take Mr. Disney’s advice: “If you can dream it, you can do it!”