Taking a Risk

For my 10th wedding anniversary back on July 3rd, 2003 my wife bought me a new journal.  She wrote in the first few pages beautiful words of how our love fills her soul, and that I am the man of her dreams.  The cover has a quote from Maya Angelou:

The Desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.  The desire to reach hearts is wise.


I love this quote so much I painted it on the side entrance of my writing studio in California as a reminder of why I write.  A reminder to me that every story, every screenplay I write will mean something and not be full of intentions of purely financial gain, but rather inspired souls.   To say something to the world I live in.


I started writing in this journal on January 2, 2007, four years ago.  It is by far, one of the most important journals I have ever written in because it is replete with so many examples of taking risks with life.  The importance of following my dream despite how hopeless it may seem or how the odds are stacked against me.   This particular journal truly shows every step of my new life journey, my on-going heroes’ journey to become a professional writer.


What does it mean to take a risk actually? 

Does it mean to do whatever the hell you wish and not care about the impact you have on other people as you take those risks?

I say no. 

I believe taking a risk also comes with preparation.  Knowing why and when to leap.  To follow your gut, your heart and your passions.  From my experiences thus far with this 23 year journey of being an artist, I’ve learned that in order to be successful one must create their own opportunities, and more important than that, one must be prepared for the opportunity once it comes.  How sad it would be to have the moment arrive and not be fully prepared.  So, taking a risk isn’t just aimlessly leaping from one pool to another, but rather visioning your desire with clarity and pure intention, to have a plan of action to only discover that your plan of action has to be thrown out the window and you must create another one.  But that first plan is so important, because from it, you have a springboard to leap off.  Once you leap, then the true life adventure beings.   Do you tread water in one place?  Should you swim onward?  Which way do you swim?  Right, left, back… 

 

or forward? 

 

I say swim forward.  Take each day, each week, each month, each year as it comes and enjoy the waters.


So here I am, still swimming, and I’ll be honest, most of the time, I truly enjoy the waters, and at the same time,  I find myself fearful of what may be lurking below the water-line.  The unseen.  The unknown.    But as Dory profoundly says in Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming.  I love to swim!”


I am so excited about what this year has to bring, more so than any other year in my journey.  As I write this, I am still waiting to hear back from PMA Literary and Film Management in New York for potential representation as a writer.  The producer I have been working with for the last year, Brian Frankish, finally gave me a submission month to Walden Media for my screenplay, Wishland.   So, within the next two months into this New Year, things could change for me and allow me to do more of what I truly love.  To tell stories that impact the human heart and inspire.  

I couldn’t have accomplished any of my dreams without the support, abiding faith, and love from my soul-mate, my wife, and at the end of the day, no matter where this journey ends for me, I know that’s the real stuff.  The stuff that truly matters and makes everything worthwhile, for the accomplishments would fail in comparison if I did not have anyone who truly loved me just for who I am.  So with that, I continue to celebrate this life of mine, and I will continue to embrace the darkness and all the glorious light. 


Happy New Year.
~Write on, Kevin Lasit

 
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