Over the weekend I got to sit in the presence of ZANE! Okay, now I am serioulsy freaking out because I mean, I remember getting in trouble for reading her books. Zane was the word, the spice, if you said it you knew it would spark a lively conversation. No one could resist her! Hell, there was a man who sold her books on the train. Never saw a book man until Zane books hit the streets. (And yes I admit to going out of my way to meet the book man and purchase a copy a time or two during my High School days.)
While I listened to her and yes even spoke with her a bit I learned something that was so heart warming. She was down to earth and simple. When she walked in I just assumed she was another fan in the crowd. She didnt possess an attitude or have anything about her that said "Look at ME!" She entered (early) and met the people. She shook hands, took photos, and signed books. With all that she has accomplished and all that is coming (and she did drop some major bombs!), she still possess herself. A lot of people find success and lose themselves and this is not the case with her.
I write this because I honestly hope to accomplish so much, I want to take my writing and other endeavors to a higher level but I hope that when I make it there, (Yes, when not if, no maybes about it!) that I can be just as humbled. I want to keep myself, the part of me that likes simple things and is really a procrastinator. The part of myself that loves naps and to play ninjas with my son. I want to hold on to the part of myself that dreams big and hopes for a more positive outcome. I will remind myself everyday that no matter how far I make it, I came from a humble beginning and the end will be the same. Success is the outcome of hard work, taking chances and dreaming big but it should never be enough to change who you are.
You hear so often how meeting a person you looked up to, someone who you maybe even idolized, can be a let down. This was so not the case!
(ME AND ZANE!!!)
OKAY...FANGIRL MOMENT OVER...