To me, writing is not a job. That is not because I’ve never made more than about twenty bucks doing it, however. Writing is a way of life. It began as my creative outlet as a child. I’d beg my parents to buy me a spiral notebook for my “novels” and I would write constantly! My classmates would read each page I finished and would beam at what a wonderful writer I was. At this point, I wasn’t even contemplating any careers in writing. In fact, I wanted to be an obstetrician. Weird, I know. When I wasn’t writing, I was reading. My reading led me to the knowledge that, if I wanted to be a doctor, I was going to have to go through years of medical school and endure the worst part of the educational journey-learning how to use needles! None of these sounded appealing to me in any way! Then, my career sights landed on the education system. I went off to college fully expecting to walk out ready to teach. Here I am about seven years later, working as a medical billing manager in a doctor’s office, and pouring my life into a blog that hasn’t been made into a best-selling book or popular movie. Yet, I am writer.
I started blogging about 6 years ago. At the time, I didn’t fully understand how blogging was really “writing.” However, the more people I came in contact with that connected with things I had to say, the more this therapeutic outlet became a passion far surpassing anything else I’ve enjoyed. So, January of this year, I decided to take my life’s journey one step further and accomplish a list of items within 365 days. Some of these items sound so easy. Yet, in the life of a busy woman, it’s much harder to find the time to do something like watch the sunrise. Not to mention, it’s much harder to get my rear out of bed for something like that! Then, there are items on the list that seem impossible. However, I had a clear goal and a determination to seize my own life. I had to wave my quarter life crisis goodbye and do what I’ve always wanted to do. However, instead of just saying that I want to do something “one day”, I decided to plan it out and make it happen. My journey with this list has now become the driving force behind my blog “Life.” Will I accomplish everything on the list? I have no idea! However, I have hope! Will I gain the respect and admiration of my peers? No idea! I still have hope. Will I create a future for myself with the words I write within the next 365 days? Again, I have no idea. What I do have is hope.
You don’t become a writer when you sell your first published book. You become a writer when you realize that you’d rather be writing than doing anything else. This thought process doesn’t bring you wealth or fame at the mere decision, but it brings about an awareness that your words hold meaning. If not to anyone else, they mean something to you! That, beyond anything else, is the most important attribute of a writer. So, pick up a pen or turn on that computer. The things you have to say make you more than just a human with words. If you put them on paper, those things make you a writer!