The first time I ever ‘wrote’ a story of my own was at 6. Mom got me this book full of story prompts that needed to be developed and completed and I remember going through the whole thing very quickly. That’s where it all really began for me. I wonder how things would have been if I hadn’t spent a bunch of years telling myself that maybe my best interests lay elsewhere. Maybe I would have been where I am right now a lot sooner. But I don’t think I regret doing anything differently because our choices lead us to where we are right now, and I’m happy with where I am.
Today, I started writing a short story just for fun. I don’t know if I’ll ever end up sharing it on any of my platforms because I’m not convinced with it yet. But writing it made me realize just how wild I used to let my imagination run, back when I was a child. There are things that just don’t make sense to me anymore when I write now because I want to make sure that every sentence is perfect. It sounds like I used to have a lot more fun writing when I did it for myself. Maybe I still write for myself, on some level, but this is so much bigger than that.
It’s a lot of fun when you’re doing something solely for yourself, but the minute you start doing the same thing with a bigger purpose, you feel the equation shift and you realize that you could be doing better things if you just tried a little harder. I say this because I know what I write now probably makes a difference, no matter how small it is. It’s going to take you some time to figure these things out. But if you already have, then, good for you! It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I can promise you that you’re going to love doing what you do a lot more when you do it on a bigger scale, as long as you’re still doing it for yourself as well.
You’ll find yourself wanting to give new things within your field of expertise a go and, at some point, you’ll do it too. You never know how you’re going to end up surprising yourself, so always keep an open mind to trying new things. I never thought I’d be posting poetry on this blog because they’re mostly personal, but once I started doing so, there was no going back for me. And now that I find myself wanting to give short stories a shot, maybe I’ll get around to that too! The whole point is that you’re going to expand your horizons so much more than you think; all you need to do is to allow yourself the space to grow.
My biggest fear is that one day, I’m going to hate doing what I loved to do. I can’t think of a day when I don’t write. It’s just a scary thought. I once read somewhere that when you get tired of a song, you should look for a new one by the same artist. You are the artist and your work is the song; when you feel like what you usually do is tiring you out, move to doing something new under your own field. Keep a healthy balance between what you usually do and trying new things. One of these days, I’m going to have to take up my own advice, and I will. But until then, I hope this helps you.