30 In 30: The Last Post

3:15 PM


"I'm going to be famous one day Miss Charles."

"Yes you are. You can be whatever you want to be, just don't forget about me."

I was ten years old when I had that conversation with my 5th grade teacher Miss Charles. I had decided that I wanted to be an actress. I was going to be on TV. I was going to be famous.

Sharing my dreams was rare. I didn't trust people with them, they were too precious. But I shared them with my teacher. She believed that I could do anything I wanted to do, and all she asked was that I never forget her. The ten year old girl in me still remembers standing in line, waiting to be dismissed to go home, and looking up at a woman who's smile was beautiful and perfect, with skin the color of my own, and telling her what I was going to be.  


The encouragement is sometimes bigger than the dream

A child's dreams are big, and they are sometimes ridiculous, but they are never impossible. Our words of encouragement mean everything to them. It pushes them to try harder, to never give up. It gives them hope. Adults are like children in that way. We do things, and when others encourage us it makes us feel like we can do it. Like nothing is impossible. It's a wonderful form of validation.

I've said this before, and I can't say it enough, if it were not for Aliya S. King answering my questions about writing and encouraging me to keep going when I felt like there was nowhere else for me to go, I'm not really sure if I'd still be writing. I know for a fact I wouldn't have submitted my piece on the quarter life crisis to be published on forharriet.com And I wouldn't have agreed to do this 30 in 30 challenge.

From the beginning, when we all agreed to do this, Aliya was encouraging and she continued to tell us that we could do this. It hasn't been easy, coming up with 30 topics consistently, hitting the publish button, and sharing words that I didn't believe were good enough. But they were mine, and they were real, and there was a light at the end of this very long tunnel.

In doing this, I've learned so much. I've learned discipline, you have to have it if you are going to push out 30 posts in 30 days. I've strengthened my belief that I am not a quitter. Lord knows I thought about it numerous times. And I've learned that I can do this. As scared as I am of failing, I can write and I will. No, not everybody is going to like what I write and they may not always agree with my opinion, but that isn't going to stop me. Sixteen years later, I still carry that conversation around with me, "I'm going to be famous." "You can be whatever you want to be. Just don't forget about me." I haven't, and I won't

Thank you Miss Charles, and than YOU Aliya.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to everybody who went on this journey with me, and took the time out of their day to read my blog. I'm taking time off from blogging, because I need a break. But I'll be back soon. Again, thank you.


Sincerely
  
                Alana

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