Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Safety Net We All Should Have
We were instructed to introduce ourselves so here it goes. I am Al Diaz, better known as Father Dragon. Yes, I am a real dragon. I have red scales, wings, and 150 dragon-proof dwarves at my service. I'm 803 years old. I draw, paint, sculpt and write, but my favorite activity is teasing ninjas (are you playing for us yet, ninja?).
Teasing ninjas is the main reason I'm in this group. Second reason, my dwarf therapist recommended it. I have fears, sorrows and insecurities as all writers do, but I've found out I can cheer myself by cheering others. It is 100% effective. The problem is that sometimes I don't feel like doing it. I bet you know what I'm talking about. You have a problem, you know the solution, you know it will be good for you, for your health, for your life, and yet you resist. As if you enjoy feeling bad or having the problem. We are funny that way.
Those who know me for long, know I am always talking about improving ourselves. Be the best version of ourselves we can be. I hope it helps those who read me, but my main intention is to spur my better side into action. Still, the evil voice in my head is stubborn. It calls me to drop everything and go fade away in the deepest darkest corner of my Cave. There are times this call is overwhelming and irresistible.
The only thing that keeps me from following the dooming song is the "Safety Net" for dragons. The first unyielding grasp was this ninja I like to tease (where's that bloody recording?). I lost count how many times I've said I'm leaving and he sends all his clones to block the exit. Ninjas are stubborn, cunning and way too fast for dragons my size. He inspired me to set a trap on myself and not just stay in this support group but additionally create another. I never thought online support groups could be so powerful as to make my indomitable self stay put for so long. I didn't believe they could form such strong bonds of true friendship and teach me so much.
I want my first post of this 2015 to be a gratitude post. Despite the dooming mermaids in my head singing their song deafening loud as I type this, I am thankful for the Safety Net that binds me here and refuses to let me go.
Thank you Captain Ninja (in the name of the Dwarves' pork-chops, let's hear that rock already!) for forming this support group and for being there to block the door and for me to tease you. Thanks to all the ubber awesome heroes of the Dragon's Eleven Mission and thanks to all of you who on one time or another have expressed your wish to keep hearing Father Dragon's roar and the cheers of his dwarves.
I leave you Dragon Hugs and encourage you to become part of a "safety net", if you are not already. (I also encourage you to nag the ninja about that promised performance.)
This post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group, created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You can also find IWSG on Facebook - Critique Group