Boundaries that society puts on us shouldn’t be taken very seriously. It should be said, “if you want to do something, you should do it”.
This is how I approached the book I just sent to the printer. I knew very little about publishing a book. Books are made out to be scary things. Not just anyone can publish a book I thought. That was until I realized – because of the Internet – it was possible.
Not only that but I never thought a book on this topic could be pushished. Who would want to read a book about homeless people? Well it turns out a lot of kind folks. I have realized that many people care about the topic and are interested in the book. This once again proves to me that if you can dream something up, you can make it happen, because chances are there is a whole group of people thinking the same thing but frequently only one person actually acts on it.
That does not mean there won’t be a lot of hard work involved. I certainly put in the hours on the book. Wandering the streets meeting people, taking photos, talking to them. Then transcribing their stories and formalizing them and finally laying it all out in a beautiful book. No easy task for sure. My hours and the hours of those that helped me were many.
But now comes the time for accomplishment, of feeling proud to have produced a product that will enlighten those who read it and help to give a voice to those who would otherwise not feel they have one.
The book, the physical book, made of paper, 10” by 8” in size isn’t even here yet. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since the book files went to the printer. Still that feeling of satisfaction overwhelms.