Years ago that I began writing, or was first introduced to writing. I was in my freshman year in college and I was taking a required class: English 101 – Creative Writing. The instructor helped me to discover a lot of things that year.
I have always had troubles remembering things from my childhood. I don’t know why, but my memory is selective at times. So when I took Creative Writing, through some of the assignments given I was able to recall things about my past, vividly remembering things that had been but a distant memory.
I also discovered at that time that I could put into text what I often found difficult to do in person. I was able to express myself descriptively and in such a way as to persuade the reader to take a peek into my world.
Well as with any other gift or talent as I previously stated, I put it on the side. I went back to imagination and dreams…being just that dreams. Things that were in my head but never realized, never shared, and never opened. And so the “brain cram” began. My mind filled with so many visions and dreams never realized that doubts became my guide. Waters remained uncharted. Dreams…unfulfilled.
Until about a year ago.
A very good friend that I was introduced to through social media, became a mentor. He encouraged me, as my instructor had so long ago, to put my thoughts on paper. He encouraged me to share them with others in an organized, descriptive way.
With my friend’s help I began again. I leaned on him for help. I looked to him as an example. I also looked to others who were writers professionally who became friends as well. I have many friends who have been there for me and lightened my way. I look to them, unknown to many of them, as inspirations. I value each relationship I have. Each in their own way has inspired me.
The door is once again open. Do I let it close, unfulfilled as I had done before or do I pursue? Do I enter this new chapter in my life and run with it?
I think you know the answer by now…I run. I take this opportunity and run with it. I put my imagination and talents to use. I no longer dream but make dreams come true.
I have met and made many new friends, especially through networking and social media. Each has inspired me in so many ways, each has provided guidance and friendship in my life. Many have been inspirations for things I have written.
Thanks to my friends who have inspired me to higher levels. To make something of myself. I am in your debt.
I also thank my family. My wife and children who constantly inspire me with new thoughts and ideas.
And so the journey begins…
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