I would like to think that someday I might have a book of poetry published. That at least is the aim. However, I still feel that I have a way to go yet, a few steps to be taken on the way. I am submitting my poetry to different magazines and hope that one of the 'top' ones might publish me eventually. Last year I submitted poems to a competition for a pamphlet publication. I had never done that before and it was a real learning curve and sometime I will do that again and hopefully better!
I guess I would like to think I might have the guts to stand up and read at an open mic session but I suffer with anxiety. At heart I am a shy person, an introvert with an extrovert trying to escape! I know I should put myself out there more but it's hard. I am getting better but if I feel too anxious I will back off. Some days I can handle it others not. My friends don't see me that way and say that I am confident - huh! I must hide it well. I'm sure I am not the only one who feels this, especially when your words are on show.
So, I have my stages to work through, well a strategy anyway. And I aspire to being the best writer I can be by continually learning and reading and practicing to edge forward to that book. And I hope that others will identify with my writing and enjoy it, get from it what I did on writing it.