Monday, September 12, 2011

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

FORTITUDE noun

Definition of FORTITUDE
Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage



Becoming a writer has everything to do with perseverance. But sometimes, the road to publication brings us down. Sometimes, it brings us right down to our knees, and we’re forced to examine our fortitude. And that’s where the rubber meets the road. 

Reggae music has been a huge part of my life for decades. I met my amazingly supportive husband (Mike “Poppy” Brodsky) when he was playing tenor sax in a Reggae band. I watched him travel all over the United States, and then to Jamaica, and as far as Japan. And I can tell you this with a fair amount of certainty—the road is hard. It’s as hard at time for those on the journey as it for those who are there to offer their undying support.

My husband taught me a valuable lesson, as an artist, which I won’t soon forget. He plays his horn today for the exact same reason he played it then, and as a child. He loves to play—it’s that simple. He plays, because his body and his brain remind him that it’s as necessary to him as oxygen if he wants to live a happy, fulfilled life. He is an inspiration, a truly talented artist, and a great friend (for putting up with my defeatist mentality at times).

One Reggae song has remained a constant source of inspiration and motivation in my life. So when rejection comes knocking on your door, or when life puts up a block and you don’t think you can write another day, remember this—

“You can get it if you really want. But you must try, try and try,
try and try. You’ll succeed at last.”

Hang in there my fellow aspiring authors, my friends; we are in this for the win. This one’s for you. 



You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you'll succeed at last

Persecution you must bear
Win or lose you've got to get your share
Got your mind set on a dream
You can get it, though harder them seem now

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you'll succeed at last
I know it, listen

Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the hotter the battle you see
It's the sweeter the victory, now

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you'll succeed at last

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you'll succeed at last

You can get it if you really want - I know it
You can get it if you really want - though I show it
You can get it if you really want
- so don't give up now




Lyrics by Jimmy Cliff

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