Recently we wrote about being an example whether you want to be or not. Today’s post is a story of how one woman finally realized what she was teaching her daughters by putting off her own dream.
I recently interviewed Ingrid Ricks for our Try Something New ezine about the great success she was having with her new ebook Hippie Boy on Amazon. Within days of publishing it, she was already climbing up the Kindle bestseller lists, and I wanted to know how a first-time author did it.
As we were going through the nuts and bolts of writing, publishing, and marketing, Ingrid shared that she had been working on the this memoir off and on for over 10 years. Ten years! I asked what had finally pushed her to finish it and mount such an effective publicity campaign to land her so high on the charts.
Without skipping a beat, she told me a story of a joke that wasn’t so funny and how it changed her life and the lives of her children.
The Joke that Packed a Punch
As Ingrid approached her 43rd birthday, her two daughters and husband were teasing her about her “advancing” age. Her children especially took to this joke, going so far as to pretend to be her as an old woman, shuffling around the living room floor with one hand on the back and an imaginary cane in the other hand. Ingrid smiled at first, taking this good-natured ribbing with a smile.
Then her daughters, in their best “old lady” voices, said the words that froze her smile: “My book, my book. I need to finish my book!”
As her children rolled on the floor laughing and her husband smiled, she felt a little death inside. Did she really talk about it that much, and were they all convinced that it was never going to happen? If it was so important, why was she letting it just sit there unfinished?
Most importantly, what was she teaching her children about going after their dreams if she didn’t do it herself?
Getting the Last Laugh
Ingrid set a goal to finish the book and get an agent by the time her next birthday rolled around. You can read the story about how she did it here, and read her dream path for the book she published on Scribd here. I have no doubt she’s going to accomplish everything on her list.
Now that the book is done, she cherishes the card her daughter gave her for her next birthday, which has Wonder Woman on the cover. Her other daughter now wants to be a writer and has started publishing her own short stories on Open Salon.
The Happy Ending
Ingrid told her amazing story, published it to wide acclaim, and now has the motivation and self-confidence to write a second book. Her kids will never joke about her being an old woman with unfinished dreams again. And more than likely, they’ll never let themselves get that way, either.
Now that is the perfect ending to such a long-awaited book.
We want to know: Other than you, who do you think is most affected by whether or not you go after your dream?