In my youth I would while away hours imagining, writing stories long before a pen was in my hand. The subjects in grade school were sources of inspiration, sparking contemplation of topics or introducing new knowledge into my awareness. Even in University, where assignments required large amounts of time and energy, the thought-provoking ideas fostered my creativity.
After graduating from post-secondary I spent a couple of months job searching. During this time my writing was incredibly prolific. One story in particular, Land and Sea: A Belle and Ariel Fanfiction, came to life during this period. After obtaining employment my creative pursuits became more limited yet, until recently, I was still able to work on projects and self publish my first novel.
As I undergo soul searching about what direction I'd like to take my life in, I return to thoughts concerning what stages of my existence have been most potent for my writing. I, thankfully, am also reminded of why writing is an important and treasured part of my life.
Stories expose us to what it means to be human – the tragic, celebratory, hopeful, fearful, humorous and miraculous nature of living. Narratives provide insight to the realities of others, without which the world would be unable to function. Fostering understanding, connection and hope are the most influential powers of stories for me. Being reminded of what life is like for others, how deeply unsettling and awe-inspiring existence is, and connecting with the emotions of characters that (usually) do not technically exist is incredible. Even magical.
Yes, it's easy to turn on the TV, play a game, make another tea or participate in any other activity that isn't writing. Yet putting effort into sharing experiences with the world is perhaps the most valuable thing anyone can do.