In life it is great to have dreams, to aspire to work towards a goal, to keep yourself focused.
For me, I let my dream go a long time ago, why? It was firmly drilled into me at school, & by others you can make a living from writing, it’s an industry you can not break into.
So instead I have worked jobs I haven’t really loved, continually jumping jobs every 2 – 3 years as I was not pushed, my intelligence & other skills were never really used to the full potential.
To me, it would have cost my mental health more to have a dream job I could never have, never reach, not be relatable to others at all, & definitely not make a living from.
However in other ways it has cost me a lot, my self esteem & self belief have suffered as I knew I was not reaching my full potential.
That frustration is what started EllPoet website, & me having the confidence to show the world my work.
By doing this I put in motion a series of events that has changed my life, given me self belief again, & given me my self esteem back.
I have recently been offered a job to be the Poet in residence, for an organisation aimed at giving young people back control over their lives, & guiding them to be the best they can be.
This is huge for me, a company is going to pay me to write. Write as many poems, short stories, & proses that I want to, & help guide young people with their writing at the same time.
The huge smile on my face has not gone away for 48 hours, this is why we write.
To express ourselves, to encourage others to express themselves, to give an outlet to our frustrations, our emotions good & bad, to let someone know we love them, to write about beauty in all things, grief, loss, wisdom, anything we can make a great piece of art out of.
I am so thankful for this opportunity, also for this community. The writing community is a very supportive community. I will continue to post on here, to keep encouraging others like you have all encouraged me.