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Courage To Continue

Art photoIf you try I can’t guarantee you will succeed but if you don’t try you’ve failed already.

What is your dream? Everybody has some kind of desire even if it is a fantasy. If you could wish for anything what would it be?

A Dream Verses A Fantasy

A dream is something that is possible. A fantasy is something that is not rooted in reality. A person may want to get all A’s in school. Somebody who is attending a school can attain this. If you’re not in school it is impossible. Dreams no matter how highly improbable can come true. A fantasy, which is not based in reality, cannot.

The Struggle Of The Day

Everyday will bring some kind of obstacle to overcome. Some days will be better then others. The trick is to always do something that will bring you closer to your goal. If you’re an athlete your train. If you’re a painter you paint. If you’re a writer, like me, you either write or read.

A Joy In The Journey

Pursuing  your dream should bring you great joy. If it doesn’t then you must seriously check your goal. A common desire in the United States is to make a lot of money. People think that this will bring them happiness. I’ve found that materialistic goals are very elusive and not satisfactory once attained. I say this from observation and experience. If money made people happy why are rich people often so miserable, and never satisfied with what they have?

You Are Not A Machine

Sometimes I can write six thousand words in a day. Other times I can barely get down a page or even nothing at all. The important thing is that I make a good and honest attempt. When somebody is trying to do something creative they cannot expect that inspiration to be turned on and off like a water spigot. But if you can’t write a song you can play a song you know. If I can’t write I can read a book.

Set Small Attainable Goals

When I began writing my goal was to get published. After I had success in getting poems published my goal was to get a book out. Now that I have ten books published and more forthcoming my goal is to get an agent and get published with a major publisher. If I had set my goal too high I am confident that I would have gotten discouraged by the lack of success. Instead each little success was climbing a rung on a ladder. They were both practical and doable while still challenging. You don’t become a best seller or a rock star overnight.

Never Give Up

I am one that believes that creativity is an integral part of life. Creativity comes from the ‘Creator’. I believe we all have some creative talent. I remember how my mother would take art classes and paint pictures. She never had aspirations of having her paintings one day hanging in museums. Rather her artistic expression was a healthy exercise in her life. If you are a serious artist seeking to make your art your career remember that it is always more than a job. Our creative ambitions are part of our natural existence.

Courage To Continue

When a shark stops swimming his dies. I don’t believe a true artist can exist without working on their craft. Sure one can walk away for a day, week, month or even a year. But if art is a calling then the artist will be compelled to return.

A Message To My Fellow Mentally Ill

I believe in you. Life has handed you a tough deal. I know the daily drudgery and the life and death magnitude of small things. Still despite the exaggerated hardship you have something wonderful deep inside of you.  I believe people who suffer from mental illness have a personality that compensates itself with tremendous creativity. Also you have a purpose and a message to deliver. Don’t let the world define you. Live your life and be proud of who you are. Explore your artistic talents and develop them. A victory for you is a victory for everybody who has suffered from the stigma associated with mental illness. Seize the time!

Check out the story of my personal journey of overcoming mental illness in More Than The Madness,

Courage To Continue

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). Courage To Continue. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 14 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Nov 2017
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