When I was in high school, I wanted to be a writer. I was focused, diligent, and could describe a scene or a feeling with great ease. I felt as if I could pull words out of my pocket and put them on paper to form a perfect masterpiece. My teachers noticed my work and encouraged me to keep writing and reading throughout my university studies. I quickly fell in love with Chaucer, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. To this day, via memory, I can recite the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales in Old English.
When I began college, I put my pen away.
My writing was no longer a priority, nor was it a pastime. I began working part time while going to school. I decided to become a teacher and I taught elementary school for 4 years. I have been working in higher education for the past 7 years.
I greatly missed my pen, but did not take it out during my busy years teaching. Many nights, I stared at blank paper craving for words. Words filled with emotion were still lingering in my mind, however, I didn't act on them. I lost confidence in my ability to write and I put the paper away many times.
Last year, I had to leave a job that meant the world to me.
I had a bit of time on my hands, a pen in my pocket, and a computer staring at me with a flashing line. The line was waiting, and I had to find my confidence again. I started writing, slowly. It took me almost 6 months to share my first article with anyone. I wrote about politics and education. It took me 2 days to hit the 'Enter' button to send the article to friends and family. I was afraid of rejection and reaction, but I did it. I did it again and again and again.
My confidence came back quickly and new doors opened. I launched an educational magazine, became super active on Linkedin, and shared my writing with everyone. I was no longer afraid. I was becoming a thought leader in the field of education, and my new pen took me so much farther than I could have ever imagined.
Today, I was featured on Linkedin's corporate blog. My journey over the past year has been undeniably unique. However, it took me a long time to step out of my comfort zone. When I walked out, a new world was waiting.
I implore you to find that self-confidence and use it to enrich your life. Take out your pen, your paintbrush, and your voice and share it with the world. Don't be afraid. The worst they can say is "no," and that's not the end of the world.
Please see my story of inspiration, along with a slideshow. May you find your inner confidence to move toward your dreams. Your thoughts can become reality.
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