For a huge segment of my life, I convinced myself that I didn’t know what I liked doing. It felt uncomfortable when I explained to others that I was unsure of what I wanted to study in college or that I didn’t really know where I saw myself in the next five years. In the age of Facebook and Instagram, our personal lives and accomplishments are constantly on display and if they don’t measure up to our peers we’ll likely feel as though we’re failing. I’ve always known that reading and writing was something I loved since I was young, but I often put it on the back burner because it didn’t feel deemed acceptable. Why though?
There’s a continuous narrative that there’s no jobs in writing without the realization that writers practically run the world. From the horoscope you read on your phone every morning, to the description of a product you find on amazon, writers are so prevalent that they’re almost unseen. While not every writer becomes a #1 Bestseller on The New York Times list, their input is extremely necessary everywhere and believe it or not, almost everyone reads. Yes, that motivational quote you read on Instagram this morning counts.
What many people fail to realize is that writing is not always glamorous with loads of cash and praise from the masses; that isn’t what gives our voice worth. Our voice is worthy because it came from us, no matter if one person heard us or if a million people heard us. It’s worthy because we had something that we wanted to say and had the courage to say it.
Writing is what connects us to one another, it has the power to make someone, somewhere feel included. That alone is enough to make this thing that can often be strenuous worth the dedication. I will continue to put my thoughts and ideas into what often feels like a black hole known as the internet, and hope that they reach someone who needs them.