What’s life about if we don’t chase big dreams?
When I was a little girl, I fantasized about growing up and becoming a writer. I didn’t know what kind of writer I wanted to be; I just knew I loved putting pen to paper. Even though I didn’t major in journalism or creative writing in college, here I am calling myself a writer. I majored in education and psychology, and perhaps it’s my interest in the human mind and heart that empowers my writing ability.
After being a teacher and a mom, I knew at some point I’d like to write a children’s book, but I didn’t know when or what the topic would be. Then God offered a huge nudge one morning while sitting in the car line at my boys’ elementary school. We’d just listened to an NPR piece on the Paris Agreement when my youngest son said, “If the earth gets too heavy with trash, could she fall from the sky?” My two boys and I sat there in the quiet thinking about that possibility. It made me realize even our youngest humans are worried about the future of our planet.
That day, I went home and wrote the initial draft of The Jolt Felt Around the World. It’s a story about Mother Earth being very sick and dirty and having to rely on the rest of the galaxy to save herself and her inhabitants. But with the desire for rescue comes confusion, fear and ultimately, forgiveness. It's a story of misunderstanding, compassion, and hope.
My goal is that this book serves as a conversation catalyst for adults and children. It’s my hope that we raise future generations to be not only compassionate toward our planet but to other humans as well.
What's a big dream you want to chase? Don't let it just sit there. Go after it! You'll be so happy you did.