It's Blog Chain time again!
This round, the topic was chosen by the ever-thoughtful Michelle:
Do you choose WHAT you do because of WHO you are? Or is who you are determined by what you do?
Before me, the ever-charming Cole gave her answer. Go check it out! :)
This was an interesting question, and I had to sit and stew on it awhile before coming up with my answer. I very much believe that while God has a plan for us and gives us certain talents to work with, we make our own choices and are the ones who determine our own success. You can give a kid all the advantages in the world, but ultimately, it's up to them to use them.
However, I know for a fact that I've always been a writer.
When I was four or five before I could write properly, I'd lie on the living room floor drawing stories with my crayons. I'd make little books with dozens of pages, illustrating a story even though I couldn't write it out. There was a very exciting rip off of Peter Pan, a story with parachuting tarantulas, several where I was a mermaid and had mer-adventures... you get the picture ;).
The fact that I was determined to make books and tell stories at such a young age convinces me that I've always been this way. Weird, right?
I wrote short stories in elementary school and won some awards. I wrote through high school (and dabbled in horrible, whiny poetry.) I wrote throughout college. And here I am.
I am not myself because I randomly chose at some point to start writing. Writing chose me before I could even put words to paper.
So, what the heck does that mean?
Are we pre-determined to do certain things and can never re-define who or what we are?
I don't really think so.
I think we each are given talents and personality traits, and then are left to do with them what we may. Writing turned out to be my passion, but it's possible that it was because the two parts of me, personality and talent, mixed to create a life long pursuit. I chose it as much as it chose me.
I'm gifted in other areas, but I haven't chosen to pursue them like writing. They didn't feel like they were my destiny--what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. What I was meant to do.
Do you have a desiny? :)
I believe that we all do, but we have to choose it.
We have to decide whether or not we take the opportunities and gifts given us and do something with them.
Am I a born writer, or did writing change me?
I suppose my answer is BOTH :).
Now, next up is the ever-fabulous Kate! Don't miss her answer, coming up tomorrow!
What do you guys think about this question? Did the writing come first, or the writer?