I have loved books ever since I was a child.
The downside was that when I first discovered my love of books, I hadn’t yet been taught how to read. I therefore always insisted that my parents read to me all of the books that I wasn’t able to read for myself just yet. However there was one difference between myself and other children that age, and that was that while most children were asking for picture books to be read to them, I was insisting on novels.
Before I had learned how to read, my father read the first two Harry Potter novels to me, and as soon as I could read I flew straight on to the third. I was just nine years old when I read the fourth book, getting through a whopping 636 pages on my own.
Harry Potter became my life, and I eagerly awaited the release of each new book and flew through them all within a week of their release, despite me being only thirteen when the seventh and final book was released.
Since the first book I ever read by myself was a novel, I never felt the need to revert back to reading picture books as a child.
As I grew confident in my reading skills, I steadily became addicted to the act, and I wasn’t fussy at all in what I read. As a child of just 10 years old, I happily read the tween novels that my parents bought for me, such as the Deltora Quest series and The Babysitters Club, and I sneakily went through my parent’s bookshelves and read books that I knew I wasn’t supposed to, such as Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die (being just a child, I couldn’t understand why anyone would willingly decide to die, and so my curiosity out-won my fear of my parents catching me).
Through my thirst to read, my thirst to write soon came. I began writing short stories as soon as I knew how, insisting that they be read by my entire family. I felt inspired by each book I read, and I released this inspiration through my writing.
Throughout my life, I have always struggled to express myself through the spoken word. I have found that I constantly think about what I am going to say before I say it and I often struggle to find the words to explain what I am thinking or how I am feeling when I’m put on the spot. Through writing, I have found a way to express myself. Writing gives me time to think about what I want to say and then write it down precisely.
I followed what inspired me, and now I am able to express my creativity through written words every day.
Through exploring my writing, I found my calling.
Liane Moriarty inspired me to express my creativity through the written word. With her ability to make day to day activities sound interesting and intriguing, she inspired me to write about my life.
J.K. Rowling taught me that no matter who you are or where you come from, you should always follow your dreams. Her novels always have strong themes of love and courage, and her words taught me to follow my heart.
Steven King reminded me that no matter how scared you are, you should never give up on something that makes you happy. While Steven King’s novels aren’t exactly happy, many of them focus on the idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they put their mind to it.
I know one thing for sure, and that is that I wouldn’t have followed my passion for writing if it weren’t for the inspiration I gathered from my favourite authors.
After I finished high school, I went on to study Media Communications. My degree had a strong journalism component to it and I realised that while I did love creative writing, Journalism was more for me than I could have imagined. I loved every journalism class I had and barely missed a minute.
Reading is still my escape however and I read at least a book a month, sometimes more. I still feel inspired every day through books.
To all those out there who are struggling to find their calling, remember this: It is not just about what you are good at doing, it is about what you enjoy doing. If you are good at maths but don’t enjoy it, don’t pursue maths. Pursue that which makes you happy. Pursue that which makes you feel alive. Don’t settle for a job that you don’t enjoy just because you’re good at it.
I love writing and followed my passion for writing to university and onto a job that heavily involves writing, and boy am I glad that I didn’t pursue a career in teaching just because a teacher once told me in high school that I had potential for it.
Never settle for anything less than what you want. You may have to do some less than satisfactory jobs to begin with, but don’t ever give up on what you feel you should be doing.
I was reading novels before I was reading picture books, and I was writing stories before I could hold a proper conversation. I followed what inspired me, and now I am able to express my creativity through written words every day.
Don’t give up on your dreams, because they won’t give up on you.
Ruby Selwood-Thomas is a Media and Communications graduate who enjoys blog writing, film, restaurant reviewing and photography.