When I first left school people thought I was crazy. Everyone fathomed the idea of me leaving a year before graduation and becoming a college dropout. But when I chose to leave my heart was already set. I had a clear vision of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do and I knew school wasn’t going to take me there. Yes, I could’ve switched to a writing major instead of a kinesiology degree, but there’s just things you cant learn in classroom. I loved school and I learned so much about myself throughout the years, but it was my time to go. I needed to go out into the world and experience things on my own, to get a sense of my own path and find my own unique style as a writer.
When I brought the idea upon my parents they thought I was crazy. They were dumbfounded by the idea because I had already spent so many years in school only to start over elsewhere. But what they didn’t know was that my heart belonged in writing. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but sometimes in life you have to be willing to take chances to fully understand what it means to live. After seeing my compassion for the art and seeing how much this really meant to me, my parents finally began to understand that this decision wasn’t based off an impulse, it was coming from the pureness of my heart. I wanted nothing else but to write and I knew with their support I could accomplish anything.
After leaving school I knew I risked it all for something not so promising. Plenty of people told me there wasn’t a future in writing, especially in the book publishing world. I didn’t listen though. I wasn’t doing this to please anyone else but what my heart desired.I’ve been writing since a young age, but writing to me was never a hobby, it was my life-line. Writing was the one place in the world where I could sit down and get lost amongst the words from my soul. I’ve never been a kind of person to express my feelings verbally, but through writing I’m able to paint a picture of my heart. The words flow out naturally and even though it took me a while to get accustomed to the grammar, I’ve come a long way. Throughout the years in school I hated english, but I loved to write (ironic huh?). I loved the way we can express ourselves just by placing a couple words together. And what amazes me is that each writer has his own different style.
But even after pursuing something that I loved, nothing has come easy. I’ve spent days sleeping on couches, floors, and air mattresses because I gave up everything that wasn’t necessary, in order to chase this dream of mine. People think that chasing your dreams is a glorious time in our lives, which it is, but this shit sucks at times. Constant failures and disappointments is a day to day thing, but the love for the craft is what picks you back up when nothing else is going for you. The days you want to throw everything away, you’re reminded on why you started what you have. You begin to think how far you’ve come and how close you really are to accomplish something you’ve dreamed of.
You have to be willing to risk it all. You have to be willing to take the chances no one else has the courage to take to stand out amongst the crowd. It’s not easy, but if it were all easy, everyone would be successful. Once you free yourself from society standards, life becomes entirely different. You view the world differently and you appreciate the most simplistic aspects of life. You wake up every day relieved of the fact that you get to wake up and do what you love.
Everyone is capable of living free, regardless of what path you take. No two paths are alike. You might achieve the same freedom from graduating from school and others may not, what is important is that you do what YOU love. Not what someone else is telling you that you love. Do things for your own happiness and never for the satisfaction of others. As long as you keep those things in mind, you’ll achieve everything you desire. Don’t be afraid of change or failure because they’re a part of liberation, the most important thing is that you cant give up on what you believe in. Every day fight for what you heart truly desires. Being a college dropout is not as bad as you think it is, as long as you chase your passion. Even some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world never graduate from college. You never know, you might be next!
Check out what my life of a writer consist of here!