" Others perception of you, ain't none of your business! "
- Lisa Nichols
When I was 8, writing was a way for me to continue fairytales that I thought needed a continuation. Oftentimes, I’d ask my parents what happened to the characters next, and they’d always answer the same thing - “they lived happily ever after” - but my imagination knew that those words mark the start of real life for those characters.
" ...writing became more of a pain that I desperately tried to avoid than a way for me to explore my imagination’s endless possibilities... "
For me, real life turned out to be me being more than fortunate to have made a career out of all the things that I enjoy doing, including writing. Somewhere along the way, though, I took an unfortunate turn at a wrong street and I started caring so much about what others have to say; criticism about wrong word placements, grammar, and my writing style being labeled "dumb" became too much for me to handle that I just had to stop. For a while, writing became more of a pain that I desperately tried to avoid than a way for me to explore my imagination’s endless possibilities.
You can say that I am trying to go back to the right street recently. One evening, I thought I’d start writing again. And just like when I was 8, it started with a simple question: Why do I have to care so much about what others have to say?
Just like what Lisa Nichols said, “Others perception of you ain’t none of your business!”