To tell you honestly, I don’t have a background as a writer. I would rate myself as an amateur for now. It is just now that I’m starting to pursue writing.
When I was a child, I constantly asked myself what I’d want to be when I grow up and I’ve never known the answer to that overrated-but-mysterious question for myself until this very moment. I graduated college with a degree that does not emphasize and focus much on how to hone my writing skills. Or maybe I just didn’t notice that writing case studies, narratives, reviews, and reflections for very young children was a way for me to know what other topics I could be passionate about.
Yes, I am a preschool teacher. Don’t get me wrong: I never regretted being one. I love what I do. I just think that despite graduating from college with a degree that I am proud of, there’s still something missing in my life. For so many years I ignored the littlest things that made me a writer. My classmates when I was in grade school, high school, and even college always asked me to make letters, notes, prayers, and essays for them which meant that they believed in what I did. It was just I who didn’t feel the same about my works.
A month ago I read an article in an online magazine—it said there that anyone can contribute their own piece. If we ever are that blessed, our work might get published too.
To try out my luck, I wrote an article that was a little bit personal and passed it to them. I told myself that this might be what I really want to do besides teaching. I passed it on midnight and got a response from the editor of the magazine after a day telling me that they were going to publish it. I was so happy to see it on their page with a lot of young women who have related with my write-up commenting and liking it. I thought to myself that maybe that was my stepping stone, that maybe I have a skill and it’s never too late for me to find something new to love, and that maybe it’s the answer to the question I’ve been asking myself since I was a child.
I know wanting to be writer comes with a lot of failure and success but it doesn’t matter anymore. I passed another article to that online magazine who first noticed my work and they didn’t publish it, but that’s okay. It doesn’t mean I have to stop. I’m new to this, but I understand that a writer does not write to get published. She writes because she has something to say. I am now unfolding another skill that I have yet to improve on. And no matter how many times I get rejected, I will still do what I think is good for my passion, heart, and soul.
All aspiring writers should always feel like there are no boundaries in writing. What you write will always be about what you think and it’s never too late to finally take a leap into something you never thought would be your dream – and that is to be a writer.
About Therese Dizon Baquilar
Therese is a 21-year-old preschool teacher.