I’m a reality show junkie when it comes to people reaching for their dreams. You can have the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows, Survivor and the Amazing Race, but make a show about an ordinary someone trying to achieve success with song, dance, art, food or interior design? You betcha. I’m glued to the screen.
Thank goodness they don’t all show up on the schedule at once, but over the course of a year, I record and watch
So You Think You Can Dance
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
Food Network Star
Top Chef (Hmm. There’s a definite food slant here.),
and Design Star.
I didn’t think about it much until recently, when it occurred to me that writers who seek publication are much like the contestants I see on these various shows. We’re all reaching for a dream, aren’t we? Believe it or not, there are lessons to be learned from these shows, such as: If minimal effort is expended, you’re likely to be out of the game in a hurry. There’s no substitute for hard work, but drive and passion help your chances of success. Don’t let setbacks keep you down. Dust yourself off and go at it again.
Ultimately, someone wins and I heave a satisfied sigh, much like when I finish reading another love story or watch a romantic movie. Seeing others reach their goals, I’m encouraged to keep writing and keep working toward successes of my own.
What kind of shows and movies do you watch? Is it purely for pleasure or have you discovered it feeds some need inside you?
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