Right now I’m at a convention for future med school students. No, I’m not looking to be in a medical career, I’m here solely to support my husband who is going to med school next year.
My first thought is how jealous I am of all these super intelligent people who have the brains to actually pursue such a challenging career. I start to wonder if writing will bring purpose to my life like being a doctor would.
It’s easy for us writers to get in a slump when it comes to comparing our career choice to other’s. If you don’t have a book published already, it can be easy for people to underestimate your talents and assume you’re just a dreamer. You start to feel silly. You start questioning your career choice. You start seeing the negative side to being an author and start wondering if this career decision has purpose and meaning like a doctor or a dentist or a lawyer has.
If you look at writing and books at a glance, it’s easy to feel like it’s not that big of a deal. But if you delve into writing and books, you start to see the inspiration. You remember that one book that saved your life when your parents were going through a divorce. That one book that kept you from killing yourself. That book that helped you achieve your goals faster. The book that inspired you to take a journey of self-discovery.
Sure there’s shallowness in some writing; but then again, there’s shallowness in every vocation. If you look at the bigger picture, you realize this career choice is actually quite rewarding. You realize it’s a career where you can raise your voice in bigger issues that matter, you can influence lives with your words, you can inspire and motivate the next inventor, musician, best-selling novelist. You can make people believe in magic again. You hold power over readers and have the chance to influence change. So if you’re starting to second guess your choice of career as a writer, don’t! Being a writer is magical. Many like to think they could do it, but it takes balls and guts to face this much failure and rejection and still keep pursuing it.
If this is your love, then don’t let doctors and political science majors intimidate you. Show them what it means to be a writer. Be proud of your accomplishments and your talents. Prove people wrong and let them see that being a writer is far more than getting words on a page. Being a writer is about change, influence, motivation, magic, beauty, depth and darkness. Over all, it’s about touching people’s lives through the magic of words and bringing people to their knees in awe of a story unfolding in unexpected ways. It’s about making a difference with your words and bringing people together through the power of your story.
Be proud, fellow writers. Be proud of your career choice and gladly share it with the world. You’re pretty darn special.