I never imagined that I would be here today writing this article. Divine providence has given me a second chance to rearrange my life. Sometimes I feel so humbled to say that it is undeserved because, along my wayward path, I have caused a lot of damage to myself and others.
However, to overcome the situation, I could not continue to drag the failure for the rest of my life (accepting responsibility). First, I had to apologize to myself — to my body and my mind.
Today my life is full of joy and gratitude, especially since I discovered writing — my best intensive therapy.
So far, I have found that it involves more than just the desire to write down my thoughts. It requires deep concentration and organization. But I’m taking advantage of it by self-improving on the road and also having fun doing it.
Anyone who feels the same, raise a hand or press a key.
My learning has been a bit complicated since English is not my first language, and it is difficult for me to translate my thoughts and give them the meaning they deserve.
Nevertheless, after the tragedy I experienced, I learned to be determined to achieve what I set out to do. I read a lot, selected the #books I needed to learn the language and several about self-improvement.
Who can complain about “The Elements of Style” From E. B White? The book is essential and fundamental for writing. Other books by Roy Peter Clark, like “Writing tools” and “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser, do excellent.
I have no affiliation promoting those books, but hoo boy! How good they are.
I still make a lot of mistakes, and translators are sometimes not that faithful. But I’m having a lot of fun feeling technical — editing, marketing, and everything related to writing.
The idea is not to run but with patience and strategy to learn at our own pace. It makes it more enjoyable without pressure since our schedules are what dictate our rhythm. I make my writing time sacred.
It’s better to be original than a copycat.
I intend to turn my failure into a stepping stone showing that it is human to fail but brave to rise.
I still don’t make enough to convert into a full-time writer, but the positive feedback is the fuel that keeps me going. Many people reacted when I shared that I was a full-time homeless #addict.
In the beginning, I thought, who would want to hear the crying of a homeless person, abuse, and rejection. I went through many horrible situations that just by writing them, people could conceive the gravity of the problem.
That is the unique part of my writing, that through building habits along the way, learning from bad experiences and setbacks, I was able to overcome and resurrect from the ashes like the Phoenix.
Now here I am, writing this article, with tears of joy because I am not what I used to be — and that is a great feeling.
Writing saved my life.
It was like seeing my face in a mirror; I could see my flaws and implement areas. At the same time, sharing it, I reflected on the vulnerability of human beings and our society.
Expect my articles to talk about real-life stories combined with keystone habits that will create a ripple effect, whose benefits expand to other areas of your life and, over time, improve it as a whole.
The more I learn, develop, and evolve, the more I trust that my writing will impact others to become the best version of ourselves.