Hello friends, I have been reading through some old writings and it sparked a lovely memory. “The question” aka, “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Do you have the same answer to this question today as you did when you were growing up? Do you remember people asking you “the question” at well… every age in school, and at home? Teachers often asked “the question”. When I was a junior in high school my AP English teacher read my three page short story to the class. I don’t remember the title and I don’t have a copy of it. But, I do remember her asking the class “the question” and the assignment was to express the answer to “the Question” in a short story.
I wrote about the joy of writing and how freeing I thought it all was. I remember mentioning riding my bicycle down a hill really fast and lifting my hands high in the air. As if I took flight and with it came freedom, and that is what I wrote. I wanted to be free to write a successful book.
Writing allowed me to be free to express anything I wanted, free to create a story that brought joy or laughter. Free to express every emotion, every imagining, about me or someone I admire. Like the ride down the hill I wanted every word I wrote to create the perfect gust of wind for me to take flight.
At this very moment my answer to “the question” is still the same, “to write a book people want to read” . A book that lifted them up, that had them take flight through my words. A book that, if only for a few pages a day made the reader happy.
My teacher asked me to stay after class. She asked if she could keep my story, because it made her feel happy. She also said she would be the first one in line when my first book was published, and the first one in line for every book to follow.
I may not have written a published and successful novel, yet. But I do try and write things here to make you feel happy. How am I doing?
What is your answer to “the question”? Have you accomplished it? Are you still answering “the question” the same way you did when you were in high school or college? I’m excited to read your comments.
I look forward to seeing you join us on Thursday for the TFT blog hop. Thank you for finding the time to read what I write.