Why I Love To Write

Why I Love To Write

An inside look at why I appreciate writing so much.

You are running up the field at a million miles per hour, eyes focused on the target: the goal. It’s your freshman year of high school and you're in try-outs, but somehow, you were able to steal the ball from an upperclassmen. You are in control now, zipping down the field past every other player who is trying to get in your way, doing anything they can to distract you long enough to take the ball. But this is your moment, and as you near the goal, breathe in deeply before stopping for a single second. You line the goal up with the ball, the ball with your foot.

Right now, you are the only one on the field: Just you, the ball and the goal. And you're ready. Brushing the sweat from your brow, you back up, extending your left foot backwards into the air and swing. In the blink of an eye, your foot smacks the rubber before the ball goes soaring into the air. Watching in amazement, as the ball smashes into the backside of the net, you drop to your knees and smile, screaming triumphantly. You did it. You scored the goal and suddenly, you feel on top of the world, as if anything and everything will now be possible. That’s how I feel when I write: On top of the world, as if anything and everything is possible.

I started writing at a very young age and have always been drawn to it. Perhaps it is because of the feeling I get when I finally write a good introduction after struggling for a long time, like everything is finally falling into place after a long, strenuous battle. Or maybe it’s because when I write stories, I am in control and anything is possible.

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, it seemed that I always had somewhere to be or something to do: A neurologist appointment here, physical therapy there, an occupational therapist appointment after that. I rarely felt I had control over what I was doing. When I wrote my stories, I had that control. I was the author; I controlled where the story was set, who the characters were, what the plot was going to be. I didn't have to worry about anyone forcing me into anything because the story was mine and as a kid, that meant a lot to me.

Now, as a young adult, I still feel the same way. No matter how hectic or busy my schedule gets, no matter how many things I have to do, I know that my stories will always be my own; even if my world seems to be controlled by everyone around me. Anything is possible when I write my stories. I can write a story about a strong, feminist protagonist, forgetting for a minute how shy I really am. I could write about a character going to the Olympics, forgetting for a second that my body will never allow me to reach the same level of athleticism.

I think that’s why I love writing so much: No character or plot line is bound the same way people in the real world are. Authors get to choose their characters faults and strengths, opportunities and abilities, unlike people in the real world. Nothing is bound by human inability in a story and for someone that is bound by those human inabilities, nothing is more freeing than writing about not being bound.

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20 Signs You Are In Tri Sigma

"Hey look at us! We are Tri Sigma girls!"

Tri Sigma has been my best decision in college. I have met so many friends I normally would not have met. It is crazy how different we all are but we really are not that different at all. I love these girls, and if you are a Tri Sigma, I bet you love them too.

If you are a Tri Sigma., you totally get this. We can all relate to these things being part of the best sorority (in my opinion!):

1. Pearls are a staple in your wardrobe.

2. Since our symbol is the boat, you have a new love for that beach theme.

3. If purple wasn't your favorite color, it is now!

4. Glitter is your second favorite color.

5. You cringe every time someone calls you a "Tri Sig." We are Tri SigMA!

6. You get a little emotional when you watch your Little get initiated because she finally gets to share this sisterhood with you.

7. You value Wisdom, Power, Faith, Hope, and Love.


8. No matter the years or miles apart, you know your sisters will be close at heart.

9. You give Sigma snaps everytime Carrie Underwood is on the radio or TV.

10. You know the struggle to find the perfect white dress.

11. April 20th means something different to you compare to other college students.

12. You have gained a new confidence in yourself as a woman.

13. You know Robbie Page was an inspiration, but also pretty cool kid with a loving momma.

14. You have a whole wall or bookshelf dedicated to your Sigma treasures.

15. You have come to realize that as a part of Tri Sigma, you are a part of something bigger than yourself.

16. You have been referred to as the sorority with the 3 Es.

17. You know the secret about the OG Harmony CareBear.

18. Violets are one of your favorite flowers.

19. Your favorite holiday is Bid Day.

20. You can't help but throw what you know where ever you go.

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Being in A Rush to Grow Up

Reminiscing On The Past

Remember when you were younger and you used to look at college students and think, "Wow, I can not wait to be an adult." WRONG! Now that we are in college and "adulting," we realize we do not have our lives together one bit. We struggle to wake up in the morning and get to class, and if we do get to class we are lucky if we don't look like a homeless person who just crawled out of a dumpster.

I remember being so excited to grow up because I would be able to do all sorts of things that I couldn't do when I was little. It all starts with getting your permit, rushing to be 15 and not realizing what we were leaving behind. Quickly after comes 16, getting your license, hopefully a car and feeling a whole new sense of independence. That feeling of being able to go anywhere and on your own time.

After the excitement of having your driver's license wears off, then comes the big 18. The time of being completely legally allowed to be independent. Your parents can kick you out, so play your cards right, am I right. At this point the excitement sets in of heading off to college and becoming your own person. Some may not go off to continue their education though, some may go other paths which can be equally exciting.

Once you get into your first couple years of college you realize at this point that you really don't have yourself together. You get fat, you go to class, and you probably cry more than you should. It's okay, it's normal, there could be worse things happening to you, right? All you are doing now is sitting around and waiting to turn 21 so you can legally do all the things you have already been doing.

But then what? You're 21, you are legally allowed to do everything you always looked forward to. But you look back on how simple things used to be before all the hoopla of growing up happened. Do you ever wish you could just turn back time for awhile and take things slower? Enjoy the times when your mom had to drive you to practice, and your dad gave you hell on not dating until you were 30.

Part of life is growing up, but sometimes it is about looking back and wishing it didn't go by too fast. Now all we can do is sit here, fat and in debt, and look back on the times when things were simpler and we thought growing up was this ideal to be had. Enjoy now, because you are just going to get older and older and wish you were back in the days that you are currently living in.

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