This is who I am. This is who I always wanted to be. I am a writer.
Sometimes, especially if we work other jobs, we don’t allow ourselves to think that.
But we should.
If you write — you are a writer.
Let me say it again. I am a writer. This is who I am now.
Even when I was in my day job there was a point, given just how many hours a day I was writing, when I finally said it out loud. I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer.
I remember making a definite change in my thinking. People would say, “What do you do?” I used to say “I work for a pharmaceutical company. I am a product support specialist.” But I started saying. “I am a writer.” Much more interesting, don’t you agree? “What do you write?” … and so it goes. At some point in the conversation I might drop in that I had another day job, just to pay the bills … but I made sure when the conversation ended — they knew, without doubt, I was a writer. That is who I am. The day job was nothing more than a means to an end. I know the bosses didn’t see it that way — ooh no. Definitely not. I was not exactly a ‘favourite employee’. But I didn’t care. I worked hard in my job and I had great appraisals. What they didn’t get was that I also had a real passion that made me get out of bed every day — and it wasn’t that job. Passion like that they saw as something they wanted to harness. My boss even said, “Why can’t you use some of that passion in this job?” “So I’m not doing a good job?” I’d say. “No — it isn’t that, but think, with all that passion you could be a manager.” “Er — I don’t want to be a manager.” See his face fall. “But we all need dreams, drive. They expect you to want to be a manager.” “They?” “It’s about having ambition.” “I have ambition. I am a writer. I want to be a successful published writer.”
They would never win.
And now, now I work from home and have for more than three years … and I am truly a writer. This is who I’ve always been if I’m honest — but now. Now for sure I am a writer.
And that is why I am so happy. I am finally on the right path. What about you?
Say it, you might really believe it.
I am a writer. This is who I am …
Have a great weekend — whatever you do!