During my last semester of undergrad I did the bravest thing that I could ever do for myself, I started following my dreams. I quit following the path of what people expected of me and did what I wanted to do. My whole world changed in a blank of an eye and I was terrified, because I was genuinely happy for the first time in my life. I chose to follow my love of writing and pursue a career in screenwriting.
Yes, screenwriting. I never knew what screenwriting was until a couple of years ago in college. The funny part about that was that I’ve been doing it my whole life. I’ve always kept a journal or two around me with a plethora of blue or black pens documenting on my everyday experiences, along with creative ones. I turned my imaginary friends into fictional characters, and I just knew they were real. I was writing plays when I was ten years old. Every year after that I would switch it up and combine my real-life experiences with my fictional life, in order to cope with the hard-ache of being young and ignorant, which fueled my love for writing.
Senior year of college was different. I grew my hair differently, read different books, stopped practicing certain religions, and started living life more spontaneously. One day, me and my roommates went to a local Barnes and Noble and decided to purchase new books to read. We were all hesitant to actually purchase books for two reasons, we didn’t know what we wanted to buy and we were broke college kids saving up enough money week after week to live off campus. Needless to say, we all purchased a book or two.
I discovered a screenwriting course book sitting on the first row in the front of the store, in which I kept walking passed because I thought it was too good to be true. Months later, I’m reading and writing different screenplays and ideas until my fingers feel numb. I bought a new jump drive to hold all my writings, and I enrolled in a play writing class. All this to say is that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. If you can’t stop thinking about something, it’s because it’s your life’s purpose. It’s love. It’s art. It’s fun. It’s the part of life that you embrace at a drop of a dime. Don’t be afraid to create the life you want for yourself, or you will be left creating someone else’s dreams!
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