do your thing

Back when I started to realize how important writing was to me, and that I was going to take it more seriously, I decided I was only going to write in ways that excited me. I wasn’t going to ever let it feel like a job. I knew that I wasn’t always going to enjoy it—it’s a tough thing. But I knew that I would always want to do it. So when different opportunities presented themselves in the world of writing, I would try them. If I didn’t like it, I wasn’t going to continue to do it.

You see, everything I’ve ever loved doing has been taken away from me somehow. Writing is the one thing I have that only I’m in control of. I won’t let anything or anyone take away my love for it. I won’t take shortcuts in order to get my writing out there for more people to see, and I won’t write about things I don’t believe in. I will follow the path I’m on and take whatever comes at me along the way. If people start to pick up on what I’m writing, I’ll be happy. And it will happen, in its own time. I’m in no rush and I don’t plan to ever be. Because in 10 years, when I have at least 1 book published, I’ll reflect back on these moments and be thankful I took my time and wrote in a way that made me happy.

I think this is a good lesson for anyone, doing anything. We all have something about us that no one else can take away if we don’t let them. Don’t fall to peer pressure, or self doubt. Do things that make you happy as much as you possibly can. And if you have a love for something—like I have for writing—only do it in a way that would make your future self proud. Ultimately, do what feels right. That’s all you have to do. If you are drawn to something, your drawn to it for a reason, so stick to it and let it light you up.

-Kelsi

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