People say, "Follow your dreams" all the time. They say it with regret, as if speaking of something they wish they had done themselves. Sometimes they say it hopefully, speaking of something they intend to do.
What they generally don't tell you is that this pursuit is not a joyous romp through Candyland. They leave out the part about a desperate chase through nettle patches and bog-water, when your dream speeds by you so quickly that you're lucky if you're able to catch it by the tail and hold on for dear life. They leave out the part about the road rash, the torn fingernails, the aching hunger for the thing that is always just out of your reach.
So here you go:
Follow your dreams. It will be hard and painful. You'll end up bruised, scarred, and exhausted. But you have to trust that the chase is worth it. You have to do it for love, so that when you're getting battered and bruised you can laugh through the pain because you'd rather be there in that place battling away than sitting on a cotton candy cloud somewhere eating Danish. But do sometimes keep chocolate in your pocket. It helps.
Take it from someone who's in the midst of the bruising process.
On a side note, Violet Shadows is free today on Kindle. Whee...and also Ouch!