I graduated with a degree in Biology. I was so convinced that I would become a veterinarian that I actually took specialized courses in Pre-Vet medicine and obtained a ludicrous GPA to get me there. And then I didn’t go. I didn’t know what I wanted when I was twenty. I didn’t know what I wanted when I was twenty-five, either. I still don’t know what I want when I think about a forever career, and that’s why I took a step back after undergrad because I realized that, while maybe I didn’t know what I wanted as far as a career was concerned, I did know what I wanted from my life. And that is writing.
Writing has been my passion since I could hold a pen. I would literally take backpacks of notebooks on hikes when I wasn’t even ten years old because I wanted to be able to scribble out whatever popped into my head, whether it was a story, or a cool thought, or just something I noticed. When I was in grade school, I would submit books I wrote to my teachers instead of essays, because I thought they were more interesting anyway.
Now, I do a little bit of everything, because it does’t really matter what I want to be in ten years. It matters how I want to spend my life, and how well I chase my passions instead of putting them on the back burner again and again in pursuit of what life deems more intelligent pursuits.
I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, an animal behavioral specialist, and a musician. The most important thing to me is that, if I take on the traditional route of a career that defines my life, it needs to leave room for all of my passions. I do not want to sacrifice what I love in exchange for a dollar. So, dear fellow writers, if you know that you want to create- never stop. Work towards it, work hard for it, and never give up. For me, that is a future as a writer.
I took countless creative writing courses in school, and I still complete writing seminars now, out of school and with my feet firmly in life. I want to improve in every single way I can, even if I could go back in time and shake my past self for convincing myself that no future was in store for me as a writer. Never stop trying to grow. There are tons of resources out there for writers, and it’s important for us to seek them out.
You, dear reader, might be a lot like me at this moment- pressing towards your goal, even at the expense of sleep and sanity. We will get there. There’s absolutely no reason not to. And in the mean time, just write for yourself.
That is why this blog is shaped the way it is: to examine the brilliant works of other writers, and to instill inspiration in those who are scribbling their way into their own writing paths.