//Are You A Zombie?

Are You A Zombie?

One academy awards speech that stuck with me this year was Michael Moore’s. He shared how at 16 he nearly committed suicide because he felt different, weird, and didn’t fit in. Many students have felt the same at one time or another, myself included.

I played sports with the boys and wasn’t afraid to get dirty. I wrote my stories or poetry during lunchtime and I’m fairly certain I was the only 17-year-old listening to Julio Iglesias on their bright red tape player with matching head phones. Lol!

A high school teacher told me to use a real job on my resume instead of romance writer. I’m certain I wasn’t alone. Even today when kids share their dreams, they’re oftentimes shot down or made fun of because their aspirations seem unrealistic or not what their parents have planned.

They fool themselves into fitting in, or become convinced their passion isn’t important, or is stupid, so try to fit in. Don’t create waves. Be like everyone else.

Go to college, get a good job, and climb the corporate ladder and you’ll be successful and happy. Sound familiar?

While it might work for some, it certainly doesn’t work for all. Although people share similarities, we’re diverse and have something unique to share and we should NEVER forget it. Those who don’t fit the mold shouldn’t feel inferior because they want something else. They’re different and different is NOT a bad word.

Besides, what happens when people don’t live their passion? They become zombies!

Not the flesh eaters you see on TV, but those who are going through the motions. Their gazes vacant and hallow, the joy of their dreams sucked from their bodies and lives each day, week, or year they aren’t doing what they love.

If you’ve noticed your child becoming a zombie, don’t pull out the shot-gun and blow their dreams away. Why not encourage them to pursue their dreams no matter how crazy or bazar.

What about you? Have you become a zombie yourself? Put down those brains! (Sorry I couldn’t resist.) Remember what excites you and made you human. Take one step each day towards your passion and I guarantee your joy will return. Soon, you won’t mind being weird and different. The rest of us weirdos will welcome you back!

Are you a zombie or are you living your passion? What step

By |2016-03-31T07:20:58+00:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |6 Comments


  1. Dr. K. February 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Such an important topic – too many people drift through each day. Following your passion can be risky, but life is worth the risk! Great article!

    • ElkeFeuer March 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Taking risks in life adds spice to the journey. Took me a while to see that, but I’m glad I did. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Fiona February 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Well said Elke. I think all writers are a bit “different” which only means we are “special.”

    • ElkeFeuer March 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Fiona! Writers are definitely in a world of their own.

  3. Carol Balawyder March 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    For some bizarre reason when I read that your high school teacher told you to put down a real job rather than romance writer, I found that hilarious.
    Tell that to Jane Austen Margaret Mitchell, Nora Roberts and so many other successful romance writers.
    On a more serious note, I think it so important to hold unto our dreams and not to let anyone discourage us. Great post, Elke. 🙂

    • ElkeFeuer March 3, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Lol, Carol! The teacher said those words to me twenty-five years ago. The world of publishing was much different, and worlds away from Cayman.

      I wasn’t able to stick out my tongue at the teacher and say I told you so, but I did have the honor of doing it to fellow school goers who made fun of me. Hehe!

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