Updated: Apr 20, 2021
I love SpongeBob SquarePants. I relate to him in more ways than a non-fictional human...His energetic, optimistic, and childlike enthusiasm is refreshing and reminds me of myself sometimes. SpongeBob is a cartoon character that the boys watched well into their teens. He lives in a submerged pineapple with his pet snail Gary. I still watch the cartoon, especially when I find time for a five-minute power nap.
Yesterday, before lunch, my dear cousin who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, sent me a link to a podcast, where hundreds of writers read their writings. It was humbling to see so many new talented writers. Realizing, I am just a tiny part of a vast pool of way more talented writers was quite disheartening. After this sad revelation, I felt like I am a small moped, on a ten-lane highway, full of 18 wheelers. I thought to myself my darling 40+ readers here on Dr. Roxy's Notes have so many options; yet, here you are, taking the time to read this.
So, while sulking about my delusion of wanting more than my 40+ sweet subscribers, I decided to watch a 15-minute cartoon after lunch and have my short power nap... This is where the purpose of this note begins: Learning about focus...As if the universe had conducted a search on SpongeBob episodes, selecting just the right one to ease my heart.
The episode was about SpongeBob taking his boat driving exam and his fear of highways. His proctor who was also his driving teacher, in the hope to have him pass and not be such a bother to her; took him on a straight and secluded road and told him to just focus on the road. His mantra while driving was: "Keep your eyes on the road". Somehow, he ended up in a big highway, with big boats all around. Until he was focused on his mantra, he was doing well. But the minute he lost his focus and realized he is surrounded by yachts and giant boats, he froze. As always, the cartoon had a happy ending, and he passed his boat exam.
sometimes in life, we also lose focus. I know I did for an hour or so. I compared myself to other writers. I forgot this blog is for my kids to read and learn from my mistakes and the 40+ others who read it, are just the bonus added. I forgot, “my truth” is all that I want to share here, and it takes cartoons and couple of enlighten friends to bring me back to focusing on my own path.
Your road is yours, no matter how many others are on the same road. We all have our own special path to wherever we are going. I guess what separates those who arrive from those who give up, is staying true to their own path, and that is what I intend to do moving forward. Thank you for being part of my journey.