While I was scanning through my TBR list on my Kindle for something that would inspire me in my writing I came across Lady By The River – Stories of Perseverance, coedited by Yvette Prior.
I am a believer in chance and fate so it brought a smile to my heart when one of the essays was about writing and perseverance. Just what I needed to read.
Mabel Kwong’s: How I Found the Confidence to Chase My Passion and Made It A Reality is filled with heart warming advice about the struggles of being a writer.
An Australian Chinese-Malaysian writer Mabel Kwong is fascinated by issues such as multiculturalism, racism, stereotypes and identity issues. Her difficulties with her writing range from rejections and lack of support from a family where
artsy jobs are deemed riskier career choices and so are often frowned upon.
Mabel Kwong fought these obstacles.
When we push on and keep trying, we feel the flame of inspiration within us amidst growing confidence.
When we muster the courage and try our hand at what we are passionate about, we ignite the spark within us to put ourselves and our voice out there.
Following this story I was delighted to discover that it was written by Ana Linden, a fellow blogger whose writing and photography I greatly admire. I have read and enjoyed every one of her books. Her style of writing is raw and she is fearless in exposing her heart. This is especially true in her essay titled Present in the Past.
Ana Linden’s story is why for years she avoided going back to her childhood home and finally having the courage to confront the power of her past.
I had felt the effects of her (grandmother’s) manipulative, selfish and cruel nature at a time when I desperately wanted to believe nothing of that was real, because I loved her…You never get over certain things, but you learn to live with them, to control what they do to you.
When at 19 she finally left her home town, (F)uelled not by hopes and dreams of idealistic youth, I left it driven by anger and hatred.
Ana Linden’s writing is honest and bold at its core as she minutely describes her pain and mistreatment. She pushes on to simply survive my family and not become like them.
To quote Yvette Prior in her introduction to Ana Linden:
Ana processed her past with us, showing us how she turned pain and mistreatment into motivation, to then later dispense grace from a place of strength.
The collection includes ten other moving stories where patience and friendship, determination, learning to embrace challenges, coping strategies and sharing all are part of the fabric of perseverance. In her conclusion of this collection and study on perseverance, Yvette Prior writes:
It takes an effort to endure, but it can pay off with an enriched you, and with an inspiring story to tell later.