"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." -Louisa May Alcott
Aspirations -- they’re different with everyone. Mine just so happens to be similar to what I’m doing here: writing. Coming across this opportunity has turned out great for me; I’m doing what I love in my free time and practicing with my writing skills. Many people aspire to do something great with their lives, but it’s all about how we get there. The journey to our goal is just as achieving as the goal itself.
Writing has been a big part of my life since the age of thirteen, when I started writing fanfiction. For those of you who do not know what a fanfiction is, it is a fan written story that is based off of a novel/movie/comic/TV show/etc that already exists. I have experienced a lot through my years of writing fanfiction, including constructive criticism which can be your best friend and worst enemy at the same time. The main thing I have learned, however, is that not everyone is going to like what you write and you have to deal with that. The brutal honesty is that if you cannot handle criticism, then you shouldn't be a writer.
One thing that I experienced first hand is being told that I wouldn't succeed. Downing someone's dream is pretty much the same as telling them that they’re not good enough. When I first told my family what I wanted to do they all said the same thing, “why would you want to do that?” By saying that, it made me feel like my writing wasn’t up to standard and I was going to fail before I even started. Do not listen to them! I took everything they said as a challenge and look at where I am now. I graduated high school with honors, I’m currently in the FSU's honors program, and I’m doing what I love.
Focus on your goals and plan to do what you love. It doesn’t matter what others think or how far-fetched this aspiration seems to them. I’m taking on my writing career one step at a time; first with fanfiction and now with blogging. Every step you take is just one more piece added to the puzzle of your life. For those of you out there who are following your dreams, what is your aspiration? And what steps are you taking, aside from school, to work toward this goal? Also, though I hope this hasn’t happened to any of you, has anyone ever doubted you?
"My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort. " -Adrian Belew