Letting Go – My New Year’s Resolution

For years, I’ve had a hard time letting go.  The things I surround myself with have brought me a sense of joy.  The activities I participate in have been a major part of my identity – my sense of self.  But things are just things (I learned that lesson so well when we downsized two years ago) and identity shouldn’t be defined by activities; rather, activities should be an extension of identity.  So, I’m starting on my new year’s resolutions early.  I’m cleaning house (mentally) and getting rid of everything that doesn’t work for me anymore.  I will no longer hang on to things or participate in activities just because I’m afraid I’ll lose part of my sense of self.  I will no longer surround myself with people who are not supportive of me and who don’t add value to my life.  I will not waste one moment of my life interacting with bullies and small-minded people who only seem to feel good at someone else’s expense.  I’ve already closed the door on one of my oldest activities/hobbies (reenacting), and I’m about to let go of another one that has been near and dear to my heart for several years.

I know who I am, and I’m shedding anything that only serves as a distraction or detraction to my true identity.  I am a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and a friend.  I am an author, a critiquer, and a consultant to other writers.  From this point forward, if it’s not related to my family/friends, my writing, my clients/fellow-writers, or my health (both physical and mental), it’s gone, and I’m never opening the door again to those extraneous things..

I am William Speir, and nothing and no one will interfere with who I am ever again.

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at WilliamSpeir.com.
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