Can you believe it? October is literally right around the corner! As I drive around my city, I noticed the trees are starting to turn into some of the most captivating colors I've ever seen--rich golds, deep ruby and bright orange. I love fall and all that it stands for. Unfortunately, it's the season afterward that gives me pause. Yuk, winter will be arriving sooner than we'd like. But, as with most things, it is what it is, and therefore, I live within my moments and worry about the here and now. Can't do a damn thing about what may or may not happen in six to eight weeks from today.
October is my favorite month of the year because I was born in it and that makes it spectacular! I'm truly a fall baby embracing my season like a cozy quilt. It also brings about a transformation within myself as I embark on yet another year older. Thankfully, I've never been one of those women who fight getting old. All that seems to do is make living your life that much harder, and who the hell in their right mind wants to make their journey more difficult than life already can be? Eh, I know many of us women fight it nonetheless, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's truly a battle you'll never win. So why waste the energy is the way I think!
Speaking of energy, this is the time of year when I reflect back on the past months and see how I've grown and see what needs to change and decide whether I like the person I am today or not. This may sound strange to some of you, but that's just the way I'm made up. So again, it's a battle I can't win, and therefore, I just roll with the punches. As many of you undoubtedly know by now, I am currently working on my latest novel, which I'm proud to say is really moving along nicely. I've done most of the editing and I still have a bit more to do, but all in all, I'm happy with the story and what my characters brought forth to me. One thing I found that hasn't changed through my process is the hater-nation out there.
Wow, I just introduced my promotional ad for my latest novel, The Last to Know, but I haven't yet revealed what it's about. It's a marketing thing and sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. I don't mind, it comes with the territory. Needless to say, as soon as I uploaded the promotional ad, I began hearing things from social media. Luckily for me, most of it was extremely positive, but there are those of you that still seem to have a problem with what I'm doing.
Here's the thing, so read carefully because nine times out of ten, this is the last time I'm going to say this. When you land on my blog and see how it's set up, three things will come to mind. Number 1) Kim is very imaginative; 2) Kim loves writing; and 3) Kim loves reading. That's it and that's all. Those are the first three things that will come to you when you visit my blog. But what my haters fail to realize is there's something else that should come to mind as you read the blog, Kim creates exactly how she feels. What I do makes me happy. It's an added bonus when others visit and it makes them feel the same way, but please do not ever get it twisted. I run my blog and my life as I see fit. I enjoy being the creative type and that bothers some of you. What you don't understand is, my creativity makes me a better person and keeps me humble and grounded. It helps to uplift my spirits, and again, if some of you enjoy what I do, it makes me that much happier. So please don't think just because you may not like what I'm doing or by saying negative remarks to me is going to change a damn thing I'm doing, because you'd be wrong! Again, it's a battle you damn sure aren't going to win. Not where my well-being is concerned.
It's such a travesty when there are those who don't make the best of their lives get an attitude with those who do. What right does any hater have to tell another person bettering themselves they have no right to do so? Who the hell are you to try and stifle my progress? I've said it before and I'll say it again, the only thing standing in YOUR way is standing in YOUR way! Do you not understand its meaning?
For those of you not getting it, I'll break it down very plain and simple. Instead of concentrating your efforts on hating me and my progress, you might want to move out of your own way, so that the door of opportunity may open and bless you with whatever gifts you've been given. Many of you haters are so misguided which is why you're a hater. If you took that same energy and used it to get on your grind, you'd have success too! Haters are cowards and take the easy road. It's people like me who fight every step of the way to get where I want to go, and even when I fail, I continue to strive and I let nothing or anyone stand in my way, and that's including myself. Instead of hating on more successful authors, I try to learn from them and their experiences, which helps me to grow. I listen to their advice and try to adhere it to my own issues. But to hate on someone because they're doing what makes them soar in life, is something I have never done, never will do and I will never quite understand.
When a person wants to do well, why hate on them for it? What does their journey have to do with you? Why place stumbling blocks on their path, just so you can sit back and laugh at them. All you've succeeded in doing is helping that person become stronger and more focused and guided. You didn't stop a damn thing they were trying to accomplish because real ambitious individuals make it come hell or high water. And where does that leave you, the hater? Still hating and becoming more bitter and wasting precious time and energy on someone else, all the while you continue to lose yourself. Do you get what I'm saying now?
Sure, it's easy to hate on me and my grind. It's hard to own up to your failures, but easy to talk trash on someone else--all because you're a coward who's misguided. Why don't you grow a pair, join the fight with the rest of us self-motivating people and try to make something of this thing we live called life? Turn your hate into a positive and do something with your life! Stop hiding behind your insecurities and hating on those who are just as afraid, but yet not afraid enough to stop trying. If you try and fail, get your ass up and try again! If you have to rework your master plan, well damn it, do it! You are the only one standing in your way. God provides for us all. He gives us everything we need to have to be the successful children he created us to be. God can't do it all, you have to get up and do some things for yourself. What more do you want? If you're reading this post, be thankful. That means you're alive. Why waste one more precious moment on hating? When you could focus those feelings on fixing what's wrong with you! Because let's face it, that's what a hater's problem is in a nutshell. They don't like themselves so they turn it around on others. That's why haters are cowards.
I'm a warrior, a ruler of my own destiny guided by my God and all things positive for my life. Warriors get knocked down sometimes, but we get right back up! That's the difference between my haters and me. I will fight until there's nothing left. Haters hide and withdraw. They're afraid of themselves and therefore hate on those who dare to fight the good fight.
So readers, which are you? A warrior or a hater? Just because you may see me walking alone doesn't mean I am alone! My best friends follow me everywhere I go--Pride, Faith, Hope, and Strength. Those are the only friends I need! You won't find them on social media. You'll have to search much deeper to find them! In essence, if you want to continue to hate on me and my talents, you're free to do so, but just know, you're fighting a losing battle that you'll never win! I'm going to prosper! I'm going to be successful, and I am successful, and I'm going to live my life to the fullest until my God summons me home. But as for right now, He feels I have a great more to do and so much potential, so He lets me live for another day. I'm blessed and honored to be in His favor. As for you haters. . .God has a little something in store for you as well. The question is, are you ready?
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer
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