“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
Have I ever told you how much I adore Dolly Parton? Embarrassingly enough, this infatuation started while watching an episode of American Idol several years back in which the contestants performed only songs that Ms. Parton wrote. As a Yankee, I was astounded by how many of the songs I actually knew and was further blown away when I learned Dolly has written more than 350 songs over the course of her career. The more I found out about this iconic singer/songwriter, the more I yearned to be as prolific as her in my own work and emulate the quality of poetry she has brought into the world (albeit through my own art form). Whenever I ask myself the million-dollar question of how exactly one goes about doing this, I recall one of my favorite Dolly quotes: “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
I love how this turn of phrase asserts that the very act of trying is brave. Furthermore, thinking about this concept coupled with Parton’s bounteous body of work reminds me that I need to create bravely and do so one heck of a lot. This quote is particularly inspiring to me now, as I’m bouncing back from a sleep-deprived weekend at the Burbank International Film Festival (where I sadly didn’t end up winning best screenplay). It sounds a little too optimistic to be true, but right now – with Dolly’s words to guide me – I’m patting myself on the back for putting my work out there, throwing all my energy into new writing projects, and scheming about all the things I will bravely try to do over the coming year. If we try repeatedly and keep creating new things, after all, we’re each bound to land on a hit song one of these days…Are there any artists or public figures who inspire you in a similar way? Are there any ways you’ve bravely chased down your dreams of late? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment.