The Importance Of Following Your Dreams After Being Discouraged

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One day, we will all pause and ask ourselves: Did I truly live the life I desired? Am I satisfied with where I am? Did I make the most of my time? At the young age of 23, I am already asking myself these questions. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I expressed my interest and passion for writing, but I was afraid to embrace and become it. In consequence, I allowed myself to be sidetracked and influenced by what other people wanted me to do and their perceptions of what a "successful" career was.  In journeying on their path, I lost myself. I stopped writing. I stopped dreaming. I stopped living.  

For awhile, I felt like I was an alien in this world. I was just going through the motions. When I brought writing back into my life, I became reacquainted with myself and started to create my place in this world. During this time and even to this day, writing is teaching me more about myself. It has taken me places within that I never knew existed. Writing is a part of me.

While having the passion for writing is great and necessary, having the skills and knowledge of writing is just as important. For this reason, I decided to pursue my MFA in Creative Writing. I know that being a part of the program will provide me with professors that are experienced, have a passion for writing, and a desire to inspire others to write. It will also connect me with other aspiring and creative writers. When working towards a goal, it is wise to have people in your corner who are like-minded and want the same thing.

I want my writings to be more than pieces of paper or journals hidden away in a chest or cardboard box. I want to share them with the world. In my lifetime, I want to publish several books and writings. So far, being in my MFA program has be an enriching and educational experience for me. There are certain things about writing that I have yet to learn, but am eager to learn. I am confident that the MFA program will provide me with the necessary skills and opportunities to really strengthen and improve my writing.

As an author, I want to inspire people to discover their true identity, liberate themselves, and overcome challenges. Writing is food and oxygen to my being. One of the things that truly nourishes my soul and satiates my desire to uncover my innermost self. Writing is the key to the lock that secures the gates around me. Writing is life because without it, my life seems like a never ending void. I've truly become myself. I've become the light that breaks through my self-inflicted darkness. I've become a creator. By writing, I feel liberated and loved.

 

Blog, StudentVictoria Mays