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Stop Trying

Updated: May 12, 2021

When an animator conveys emotion through nothing more than facial expressions and mannerisms, I pay close attention.

The bond formed between Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon was one such emotional experience. After watching this movie for the umpteenth time with my family, one line from Gobber screamed out to me near the beginning of the story.

Look, the point is, stop trying so hard to be something you're not.

How many of us do this? I'm raising my hand, in case you can't see it. As an author, I tried early on to fit in to where I should be. Should is the operative and misleading word. We should go wherever our heart leads us, not where society or anyone else suggests, no matter how noble the intentions might be. Although I'm in the minority as a guy who longs to write timeless love stories, it's where my heart and soul is guiding me. Thank you for that reminder, Hiccup.

The third movie sharing Hiccup's story is in theaters now, and our family is looking forward to flying on the backs of magical dragons once again through the land of Berk!

What is you heart calling you to be?


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