Remember the idea you had that time... You might have scribbled it down in a notebook? I reckon you should go for it.
However ludicrous it sounds, it might just be worth a shot.
I had an idea that I wanted to give writing a go when I was 16. But it seemed ridiculous.
How was I — someone from a council estate that didn’t read much, was a bit lazy and failed English — going to make a living as a writer? Writing was for intellectuals — people that didn’t have to use spell-check to correctly spell intellectuals. It was never going to happen.
The school career advisor told me to get a job. Going out and earning money was the best path for me to go down. In other words, I wasn’t cut out for college.
Writing was a daft idea, so I forgot about it.
Instead, I took a job collecting trolleys at a supermarket. Then I worked in waste recycling. Then on building sites.
Then I was made redundant. It was during the recession when, for a while, there were no jobs anywhere. I had no career and no transferable qualifications.
But I did have time and nothing really to lose.
So I revisited that ridiculous idea I had.
I looked on the internet for writing jobs, wrote some samples and applied.
And it worked. That was in 2011 and I’ve been a paid writer ever since. Not always paid very much, but paid.
So that idea wasn’t as far-fetched as it seemed. If only I’d had the courage to go for at 16, I wouldn’t have wasted 13 years doing jobs I never really wanted to do.
The thing is, most ideas sound ridiculous at first.
Cars were a ridiculous idea.
Airplanes were a ridiculous idea.
Talking movies were a ridiculous idea.
Laptops were a ridiculous idea.
The internet was a ridiculous idea.
3D printing was a ridiculous idea.
Your idea is a ridiculous idea. Or is it?
I suppose there’s only one way to find out...