Stop Telling People That It Is "Just" Writing

Stop Telling People That It Is "Just" Writing

It is way more than writing to us.

Why do people tell writers it is just a hobby? Or it is just a phase? Or it will not take us anywhere?

These types of questions frustrate me. Do I write to be famous? Part of me, but this is a pipe dream, and it is for sure not my only goal. Do I write what others want to hear or read? Not necessary. I write something that pertains to me, and if it relates to others than cool, if not it is still cool. Do I write because it was what the claimed ‘cook kids’ or the ‘hipsters’ do? Absolutely not. I write from the heart.

What I write is important to me, or else I would not waste my time doing it.

Telling writers that it is just a hobby is like telling a mechanic that their job is a hobby. Sure, writing can be done for fun, but it is a lot more than that, at least for me. Writing can be the most relaxing thing and sometimes (at the same time) the most stressful thing. We can all hit this dreaded thing called writer's block. We can have literally the best idea of what / how to write something and then poof, it is gone.

All we want to do is write, but so often we stare at a blank document curser blinking or a page only filled with lines clicking and clicking an ink pen. How many ‘hobbies’ have this? None. Writing is not a phase. Why is that even a thing? Middle school is a phase. Writing is a great activity. Not a hobby, or a time killer, and oh my gosh it is not a phase.

Writers write because it is how we feel our voice is best to spread.

Every day you read news stories on social media, or other types are articles. Those were written by writers who care. People write for a job. I write from the heart. When I say that I write things that only pertain to me, I write things that I feel a strong emotion too. These are things that I see and experiences in everyday life.

I am best put together in writing. It gives me time to not only calm down but to better put my words to make sure things do not come off harsh. While I am a very put together person most of the time, when I get worked up it is best if I can fully collect my thoughts. Sure, being famous would be great, but I do not write to please others. While there are topics I could write about that people would gather all over and read, I do not choose to go that way. If people read what I write, awesome. If people do not read what I write, I do not mind at all.

Also, I do not care what is the 'cool' thing to do. I have always been my own person. I think it is cool that especially on this website (Odyssey) there are so many people out there that are willing to put out their thoughts and feelings.

Instead of tearing writers down, encourage them. Writing is our voice and our power. Support us. Maybe spend a little bit of time reading out work, and sharing our work.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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