Why I Decided To Write

Why I Decided To Write

It is more than just words on a page.
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Ever since I started writing for the Odyssey, I was asked “why” so often. I was asked how much I get paid, as though they were expecting me to make a ridiculous amount of money. Yes, the creators do get a small amount of money based on the amount of views they receive on their articles. Still, that is not why I joined Odyssey.

I am new to Odyssey, only having published a handful of articles in the past two months of writing. Before Odyssey, I had a lot going on in my personal life, a lot of things that I could not control. Often times, I felt really lonely, even when I was surrounded by all of my friends. I felt like I was never heard, as though I could scream my loudest and still not be heard.

I grew tired of having so much to say and keeping it bottled in. I started writing whenever I had to get something off of my chest. When I was done, I would feel so relieved, as though writing it all down was just what I needed. Even though the person I actually wanted to say these things to had no idea what I wrote, I still felt better. Like all I needed to do was let it all out somehow, even if it just floated in cyber space untouched.

After a while, I wanted my thoughts to extend further than my own hard drive on my laptop. I started to get interested in writing for Odyssey. I enjoyed reading others’ articles, scrolling through Facebook and stumble upon a new little treasure each day. It was as though articles were a new form of communication. Siblings tag each other in links that explain what it was like growing up with each other. Another person would read an article that they feel sums up their break-up and share it for everyone to see, because their broken heart just cannot find the right words. Friends send each other links to articles that they feel describe their friendship perfectly, or their obsession with that Netflix show.

It was comforting to read articles where others had the same view point. It made me feel a little more sane, as though I was not the only one. Some articles gave me another way of looking at things; opening a new window for me to view a situation.

When I posted my first article, I was so eager to keep track of how many views it got, always checking the numbers online. My first article received 1,227 views; 1,227 people read something that I wrote. Of those people, many shared my article, passing it along to others. My words impacted people enough to where they shared it with their friends and family.

After posting another article, an old friend had read it and told me how much he enjoyed my article. He told me how he was going through a time in his life where he needed to make a decision. He said that my article helped him with his decision. I helped someone move forward in life. I gave someone a new perspective on their situation. His reaction to my article was the exact reason why I wanted to write. The feeling I got after knowing how my article had a positive impact on someone’s life made me feel something I never felt before.

I write because others have inspired me to do so, because sometimes I do want to be heard, even if just by one person. I want others to read my articles so they know they are not the only ones that feel this way or going through this situation. I want to open windows for people so they can see their situation in a new position and from a different angle.

I write because it makes me happy. I write because it is something I love to do. I write to help others feel less lonely. I write so I can open windows, one by one. I write so I can be heard.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.

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Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.

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