I remember it was during my 2nd year in high school (I was around 14 at that time) that I first developed this love for writing.
The reader in me
Honestly, I was such a nerd when I was in school because, as all of us have experienced, I felt the need to excel to make others proud of me. Aside from the pressure I get from expectant relatives, I also felt the need to belong. As usual, I was not good with reaching out to people before. I felt really trapped at where I lived at that time. But looking back, one of the things that really helped me get through those tough times is my love for reading. The first few books that I read, that greatly made an influence to me and consequently to my writing, are the Harry Potter series (of course), The Alchemist and By the river Piedra I sat down and wept (both by my soul author Paulo Coelho), and some Nicholas Sparks novels.
Do you get how you just get lost in the pages and feel like jumping in it, like “Please let me live in your world..” Haha you make think I am crazy but it is true. Yes,I did bury myself in books. I did lock out myself from this world, at least for a few hours, and let my imagination grow wild as I flicked through the pages. It just gets better and better.
Back to reality
Well, I did know my limit because we all got the real world to deal with. In life, as I clearly emphasized and recognized in my previous posts, suffering or pain is a natural part of it. But these books really helped me get through. It’s so amazing how these stories change the way you think about life itself. For example, I love Harry Potter so much because I get him. I feel compassion for him because I also lived with my relatives almost my whole life. I got very inspired by these books and it made me think that life is not really that bad after all. It made me realize that we all go through shit at times, but in the long run, everything will be exactly as it’s supposed to be.
And that sparked my love for writing. Like my most loved authors, Coelho, Collins, Grisham, Meyer, Rowling, Sparks, to name a few, I want to inspire the world through my writing. Because of this strong belief that I have that books can really change lives, though one person at a time, and could eventually spread across the world and multiply, I wanted to be a writer.
That is why I am so thankful for this blog, and hopefully to all my readers and followers, for giving me a chance to spread my thoughts about this amazing life that was given to us. It’s a domino effect, I read and get inspired by someone. Then, because of this inspiration I hold, I write, also hoping that someone would get inspired by my words. Eventually, that one person can share his or her blessings to others too, through sharing my words and also write their own.
So my advice to everyone: read, read, and read some more!
(But don’t forget to write as well…and live. Haha)
Please tune in for the next part of this series. Thank you so much for reading!
es, I did lock myself from the real world and I got to places where I never went before.