If you were to ask me when I first discovered my penchant for writing, I would point to when my father used to dictate stories for my younger brother and I to write down. I noticed then that even though I was not the brightest chap on the block, I had a tendency to almost forget myself in the stories themselves (My younger brother normally won this contest anyways).
However, even as I got older, whenever I thought about what I aspired to be, I had a nagging feeling that writing was always going to be a mainstay someway somehow.
Now I’m twenty-one and still enamoured with writing but for a different reason. Instead of writing stories dictated to me by my father with the aim of winning a contest, I find that best stories are those encompassed in the real world.
I find stories in everyday life, whether in the realm of politics, personal or social issues plaguing our society today. Heck, even in myself and my own experiences, there’s a vast array of topics to expound upon that other people can find relatable and engaging— and to me it’s as if the universe was an open book of empty pages eager to be discovered.
As I continue to work towards what I aspire to be, I look at my surroundings—my brothers having already left for school, myself in the couch of the living room waiting for the downpour to stop, I sit facing a blank document on a laptop screen—and I remember why I love writing. How empowered I feel when I address issues of National and perhaps more importantly of individual and millennial interest, my hope that these questions and personal experiences I share forces people to feel as if they have discovered something new for themselves.
Writing puts things into perspective. In a humbling way, it lets you see things the way they should be seen.
When I immerse myself in my writing, I seek the feeling of transferring my words to strike a chord within myself and especially my readers.
As I sit in front of my laptop, it’s almost mid-day and the downpour has just subsided. I have an epiphany, I come to the realisation that my self-esteem and sense of worth flourishes whenever I go back to read some of the things I’ve written down helping put things in perspective in my life, I realise that with the right kind of motivation and willingness…I can do anything and guess what…so can you.