Creativity is a fire

My sophomore year, my college writing professor sat at a simple cheap table in our new classroom. Being the first day of class and not knowing anyone there, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn’t say much since we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out one of my earbuds to listen in on the conversation around me as I set my backpack on the ground.

The professor was nodding off at a student with his hands moving around in circles. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the first telling sign that he was ranting with no positive words leaving his mouth.

“It’s just not possible,” he said in a louder voice than I thought was needed. “I should just tell you that right now. Getting into the writing field and making a living from it is impossible. Give up now.”

My heart slammed against my chest. I took out the other earbud to hear him better. He couldn’t be crushing my dreams before our first class, right? At least wait the four minutes until class starts.

“There’s no way. You have to be one of a billion to get it. It’s just impossible. I’ve known plenty of writers who tried and failed. It’s not something achievable. Sure, you can publish, but just don’t publish for the money. You’ll get nowhere.”

What if we told everyone that?

Oh, you want to be a doctor? That’s cool, but it’s completely unrealistic. You’ll have too much debt from all those classes you have to take. Don’t forget all those classes you need to take. How can you keep your focus through all of that? You won’t. It was a good dream though.

No. We don’t say that to doctors, do we? You know who we save all the negativity for? Creative people.

Writers. Artists. Musicians. Video game developers. Movie directors. All of them will get told to give up on their dreams from many people throughout their lives. If you’re one of them, I want to tell you something: Don’t give up.

If we all give up as they tell us too, there’ll be no creativity left in the world. We can’t leave each other out to the dust. We’re all creative in our unique ways. We can’t let the fire die inside of us.

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