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Summer’s Coming... Grab It With Both Hands!

What better time to follow one’s dreams?

Written by Olivia Minnock and posted in opinion

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"Try everything life throws at you, and don’t you dare do it half-heartedly"

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It’s important to think outside the box, be confident and find your passion.

This has been my motto of late, and I’d like to talk more about it. If you asked me two years ago about following my passion, I probably wouldn’t have dreamed of telling you...or perhaps I wouldn’t even have known what it was! These days, I tend to surround myself with people who aren’t afraid to be passionate and to share what they love, and it seems to have rubbed off on me.

I’ve been a writer for about five years now, and have loved every minute of my writing, even when it’s frustrated me or I’ve felt like it isn’t going anywhere... because it’s something very personal to me and it will always be one of my loves. I used to be cripplingly shy and wouldn’t dream of telling people about my stories; let alone showing them my work! Invariably, a passion is something which enables us to be creative.

It is open-ended: there’s no level of completion, no highest standard. It’s something which keeps building. My life is full of my own passions and other people’s: writing, music, cooking, sports, filmmaking, theatre... This past couple of years have been about finding what’s perfect for me, and plucking up the courage to shout about it.

Once you do find what you’re passionate about, it will be so much easier to make friends. People won’t laugh at your enthusiasm... it will be what draws them in. They’ll be encouraged by your confidence and intrigued by your interest. My writing was always something I hid on a memory stick locked in a drawer, or a notebook under my mattress.

I now hand pieces willingly to people for editing... they don’t even have to pry them from my hands! I used to be afraid to play anyone music, in case it was rubbish. Last Christmas, I was the lead in the school musical. It takes a while to find your niche and the courage to grow in it, but I can’t tell you how important it is to try.

When starting my blog, I looked for some tips as I didn’t know much about blogging. I found a really great site and emailed the writer to tell her what I thought, explaining that I am a teenager and just starting out. In her reply, she told me how lucky I am to be beginning at such a young age, and that I have years of writing ahead of me.

This was wonderful to hear, of course, but to be honest... it made me feel a little stupid. Stupid that I’d hid what I loved for so long. Stupid that I’d almost been ashamed of it. Stupid that I hadn’t been putting my whole self into my work from the very beginning. Stupid because since finding and sharing my passions I’ve never felt so happy... and I could have been feeling this way all along!

Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Use your summer wisely. Try everything life throws at you, and don’t you dare do it half-heartedly. Don’t be afraid to say something’s not for you: keep trying, and you’ll find what is. And when you do find it... please, if only for me... SHOUT ABOUT IT!

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Published May 24th2013
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