A while ago I told you about how I won a Hollywood pack. Well, its started me on a journey of entering competions which require written entries. I find it strangely satisfying writing 25, 50 or 100 words when I am usually so verbose.
Yesterday I got a box of Maybelline cosmetics in the mail. The competition was to come up with a name for a new lip gloss and give the reasons why. The real prize for me was creating ideas and having them accepted. And since I am a makeup artist from way back I have loads of makeup, most of which I do not even use, so the prize will go to someone who can use them.
It was a small thing in the overall scheme of things but it also reminded me about something I easily lose sight of - that competitions are a lot like living life. You have to be in it to win it.
We have to be fully prepared to enter the race to win. We can aim big or small. We cannot sit on the sidelines, just going through the motions wishing for our luck to change, scared of taking risks or facing rejection. Life won't come to us, we have to sign up for it. It is like a roller coaster, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Sometimes we are lucky, sometimes not. Sometimes we completely come unstuck and other times we reach dizzying heights. But to reach those heights we have to be prepared to join in and risk the dangers. It's called taking a chance. Living your dreams. Living without fear.
You must learn day by day,
year by year,
to broaden your horizons
The more things you love,
the more you are interested in,
the more you enjoy,
the more you are indignant about,
the more you have left
if anything happens.
Ethel Barrymore - American actress
Picture - done by me.