I love to write.
This isn’t something I grew up loving or something I just knew was for me, it just sort of happened.
In college I could write-up a paper in record time (typically the night before it was due… Ok… Typically a few hours before it was due) and I didn’t do it because I like the thrill of it, I did it because I was a huge procrastinator in college, I enjoyed drinking and I thought I HATED writing papers. Until I discovered I sort of liked it. And that sort-of-like grew into a preference. I prefered having a writing assignment over anything else.
This transition came when I realized that I was good at it. I had a professor who was a very hard grader and loved to give writing assignments because they showed him our understanding of the material more thoroughly than busy-work assignments and tests. For our mid-term exam he gave us a 15 page research paper which I, of course, completed the night before. When he handed back our graded papers a few weeks later, he mentioned his disappointment in some of us because he could “clearly tell” who had taken the alloted 3 weeks to complete the assignment, and who had “thrown it together” the night before. He said our grades would reflect accordingly and that there would be no extra credit assignment provided to make up for our laziness. I slunk down into my chair and tried to avoid eye contact as he handed my paper to me. As I looked anxiously at the top of my paper I noticed, in dark red pen, the grade, ‘A-‘ written on top. My first feeling was relief and my second feeling was more of a, “Ha! Ha! Yeah, my ASS you can tell who waited until the last minute!”
From that moment on I took much more pride in the things I wrote and put out there with my name on it. I began to care and I began to seek out more writing opportunities. I ended up becoming the lead political opinion writer for my school newspaper which demanded that I write a clever, insightful article on a current-event topic of my choice once a week before my deadline. I loved the freedom, but it also made it more difficult as it put a lot of pressure on me to pick relevant topics that students would actually want to read about.
After college, I didn’t write much anymore. It wasn’t until about 4 years after I graduated that I created this blog and began to write again. I write mostly about religion as I am legitimately fascinated by religions of all kind and I enjoy learning about them, meeting past or present followers and using them and their experiences to grow more assurance in myself and my atheism. Occasionally I will throw in some politics (when I can’t resist) as well — I was a Political Science major after all!
Thoughts and comments are always welcome, whether you agree or disagree with me. I enjoy a lively debate and I am genuinely interested in hearing opinions from all different perspectives. So, don’t be afraid to speak up!
I truly hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.