Everyday Inspiration… I write because…

In response to Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 1:

I’ve been writing for so long that I have a hard time remembering when or why I started. I believe my earliest attempts at really writing a poem or short story happened when I was 11 or so. I remember writing lines of poetry after reading poetry in school, but the details are fuzzy. I remember writing a story about becoming a professional tennis player and being friends with Monica Selles and Andre’ Agassi (which should give away how long ago this was), but I’m not sure if I ever finished the story or what happened to it. write2

I know that some influence came from my grandfather on my Dad’s side, who kept a typed journal into his 90’s. Another influence was my love of books and reading. I read articles online but still read books and I occasionally buy a newspaper, which was previously a daily occurrence. I keep a written journal and write in it at least a few times a month to keep track of what has happened and to help me remember different things and events.

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you will know that I wanted to become  a journalist but allowed myself to listen to the advice (worse case scenario warning)  of others. I know my father meant well when he told me that journalism was a highly competitive field in which many journalists/reporters worked their way up from posts in place like Podunk Kansas (no disrespect to Kansas, it’s just worlds away from Chicago) to bigger agencies and markets, hopefully. That was not very attractive to a big city kid who had not yet gone to college in Mississippi, so I mostly  wrote journalism off.  After reading “10% Happier” by Dan Harris, a well-known journalist/reporter for ABC, I learned just how competitive and high-pressure journalism can be but I wish I had at least tried to go that route. It was a great book, which I highly recommend, especially if you have an interest in Mindfulness. rolled up newspaper

Getting back to why I write, I think I do it because it is something I have done for a very long time. I get an idea and this is my way of expressing it and cultivating it. I cannot draw or paint and I am not artsy-craftsy or even especially creative. I have written poems over the years to get feelings out and to organize thoughts but I have not been able to regularly do this in several years, about the time I started doing social service work.

I love to write, though, and I am grateful to Word Press for offering this outlet for me and millions of others that need a place to share their ideas. I think that writing is in my DNA and that it will always be something I like to do.

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Blogging 101 Day 11 School’s out…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fifteen Credits.” If you’re in school, are you enjoying your classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

I am out of school, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in August 1999. I briefly returned to community college 2011-2012 to take health and fitness classes, which were really interesting but turned out not to be useful for me. The upkeep on a fitness certificate with CEUS, the liability insurance, equipment if you work independently, and low pay if you work at a big-box gym. However, I use some of the knowledge in my current job but didn’t see the payoff for the money I spent.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a psychology degree… period. I don’t have a master’s degree, and I am not licensed. To be successful with a psychology, a person likely needs to commit to getting a doctorate or will need to pair their psychology degree with a counseling related master’s degree. They might even want to go in another direction, I’m just sayin’…

I have known many people in the social services/social work/juvenile or criminal justice fields return to school to get a few extra letters after their names at a pretty BIG price, one which I am not willing to pay. Some of these intelligent, hardworking people owe $50,000-$100,000 when they are done to only end up earning $40,000, unless they move into administrative or management rules after putting in their time. Clearly, they made these choices not with the intention of getting rich but of making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Those that chose to go the counseling route did so as part of a long-term plan to eventually have a private practice.

If I were to go back to school, I would study journalism or something tech-related, possibly programming or coding. Writing has always been with me and a part of me. I like to research things that catch my interest, which a journalist needs to do to build and flesh out a story. I like blogging and would like to know more of the technical side, such as how this blog does what it does, and how to make it show pictures a certain way, change the font, how to position words and pictures in different locations on the page, etc. I like knowledge, information, and news in all forms.. even the news I don’t agree with can teach me something.  Journey through lifeI don’t regret the opportunities I have had to help others and learn about people. I don’t regret all of the youth I was able to listen to, encourage and, hopefully, give the motivation to see past their immediate environment to the future. I don’t regret the lessons I have learned, but I wish I had listened to myself and had confidence in what I thought my path should be rather than taking others’ path and living with what-ifs.  I think that some of the people in my life would have found me all the same because they, especially Boyfriend, were meant to be there. I am starting to listen to myself more and to be myself because life is a journey.  Boyfriend and I have done some travelling and exploring together, which has opened me up to new world. The two pictures that rotate at the top of my blog are from these adventures! My blog, thus far, has also been an adventure and I hope you join me for the ride.