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I am a Writer, thats what I always knew I wanted to be. From my teenage days when I read Stephen King novels, to college when I fell in love with the works of William Faulkner after reading " A Rose for Miss Emily." I had kept journals since the age of 10 expressed in childlike words the suffering I endured from an alcoholic father. it was my only release. I later found out that Faulkner was from my home stae of Mississippi. Later it was John Grisham, who was also from Mississippi. Reading was my life and I devoured books like a starving refugee. But in my heart I knew one day I would be a writer.
In the next 25 years I would write, poetry in my journal, letters I never mailed, reports and motions for attorneys , judgements for the courts. Maybe that is why my first articles seem sterile and journalistict like . Just facts and Statistics, without feelings or emotions. Afraid of offending anyone. After all I wanted people to read what I wrote. But as I continued to write I realized something, I didn't want to be a news reporter. I wanted to be a Writer.
I wanted to evoke emotions in people, I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to write about things I believe in. Even if the topic was controversial. I realized thats what a writer is, someone who can provoke thought. We are not always going to have the same opinion, we differ on our views. The Death Penalty, Abortion, Racisim and other things that have affected my life such as child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and being a teenage mother.
Things that touch my heart, that may give another person the chance to learn. I was afraid to write on mental illness, afraid to say "I suffer from mental illness," Then one day I found my voice and a place called Hubpages. There people express their true feelings, not regurgitate the latest news reports. They instead expressed their feelings about the subject at hand and I feel I have found a home for my writing and many friends from all over the world. I appriciate their feedback and respect their opinions even if they differ from mine.
This is my 20th hub and on this day my birthday, the greatest gift I have recieved is one that is protected by the 1st ammendment, my freedom of speech, the right to have an opinion, to express my views and to have friends who read what I write without critisisim, and give me advice freely. But most of all friends from around the world who guide me and let me know it is okay not to agree. But we do it in a friendly manner, sometimes bantering, with all sincerity, but most of all with compassion and sharing.
So, to all my new friends here at hubpages and beyond. Thank You for allowing me the voice of opinion, for sharing your views, and for being my fans. You have taught me what I always searched to do.
To write with feeling and heartfelt emotion. To share and discuss issues that ultimately affect us all. But most of all for your honesty, constructive critisim and your ability to consider a point of view different from your own without judgement.
To all Hubbers, Thank you. Happy Writing. You have taught me so much.