You know the story… the tortoise and the hare. The hare rushes to the finish line so fast that he becomes smug and turns to laugh at the tortoise. Meanwhile, the tortoise, being slow and steady, ends up passing the hare in the end. Yep… that’s me. The tortoise.
I have always done everything at a different speed than everyone else. I got married late. Had children late. Found my passion late. While other bloggers seemed to have started long after I did and surpassed me by miles, I am noticing that many of them have burned out. Every day I read about someone who either took a blogging break, shut down their Facebook account or quit altogether. With anything good, when you reach the heights too fast, you have nowhere to go but down.
I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if I’m going to get anywhere (and my husband has wondered the same thing). I’ve come to realize that where I thought I wanted to be really wasn’t where I wanted to end up after all. I took my time. I was careful. I chose wisely. And I was able to switch gears without compromising my integrity. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s more of a take-your-time-and-eventually-you-will-reap-the-rewards avenue. I don’t want to be BIG. I don’t need to be FIRST. I just want to be crossing the finish line after everyone else has burned themselves out.