Under Somebody's Thumb

By Mike Johnson

When I started writing, I believed I could only access my dreams through the approval of others.
To get published, I thought I had to convince editors to buy my work. So thatís what I did.

Before that, I worked jobs, believing I needed the approval of bosses to gain income and promotions. So thatís what I did.

Over time, I resented being under someone elseís thumb.

We tire of seeking the approvals of others to live the lives we imagine.

Weíre irritated that others canít see what is so vivid and obvious to us.

We chafe at being told no by people who donít deserve to carry our pencil.

Some make peace with this captivity and shrink their dreams to fit that reality.

Others use that anger and frustration to figure out ways to break free.

It turns out we donít need approval. FOR ANYTHING.

You can self-publish and sell your own writing directly to readers.

You can create or buy your own income streams.

You can directly live the life you imagine without the approval of others.

But you have to demand it.

From yourself.

The biggest thumb that holds most people down is the thumb of capitulation.

Only you can give approval to your own freedom.

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