As we all know, I’ve always wanted to be a writer in the future – whether that be as a YA author or writing about crime and reporting about murders. My family, however, was settled on me doing a much more practical and financially stable job such as Dentistry or Medicine. They worried that the path I’m taking is too risky and that I might not make it.
I say: stuff that.
Everything in this world is competitive and risky. Last time I checked, medicine is one of the most competitive courses going, so why should I risk doing that when I hate it and might not even get in? I could be pursuing a dream I actually like and enjoy doing. It makes no difference.
Well, today was a day I proved my parents and family wrong. As I’ve said, I’ve recently entered a writing competition on a writing platform. Today, the contest holders whittled down the thousands of entries to 20 finalists. And mine made that finals list.
My mum was proud and so was my dad, and even though I know I still might not win, it’s shown them that, yes, I do have a shot at this and I shouldn’t be wasting it on doing something I hate; that, yes, I know I might not be ready for publishing and so on, but I’m getting there. Just give me time and give me your trust.
So, my achievement today is not just for me. It’s for those who feel like they aren’t good enough. It’s for those who feel pressured by their parents to do something they hate. It’s for those who feel like the risk is just not worth it. It’s for those who feel like their dream will forever be just that–a dream. Keep going, and don’t look back. Your silver lining could just be beyond the horizon.
“Life is not about surviving the storm; it is about learning to dance in the rain.”