In elementary school, I wanted to be a professional wrestler. I saw Shawn Michaels and Triple H fucking people up and being cool and I was like, “Yeah, I wanna do that.”
Then in 6th grade, I wanted to be President of the United States. That went on for a few years. Then it was law school. While I figured out which shade of blah I wanted to be, teachers and family looked on with satisfaction. “The boy will figure it out.”
But, boom. Novelist. You don’t get much popular support with that one.
“You’re gonna do law school first, right?”
I’m not complaining. Complaining just drags you and those around you down. I just want to say that there’s a path for everybody. And you’ve got to find out what you’re good at, what’s interesting to you, what makes you happy, and do those things. And relax, it can change. Just trust yourself and do what gives you happiness and satisfaction.
I’ve been writing every day practically since June. There were some breaks in there: trips, school projects I procrastinated on, etc. But the days I don’t write, I don’t feel right. It doesn’t seem like a complete day unless I write. So I take that knowledge of myself and implement it. Writing has made me a better person, a better friend, a better partner to my girlfriend, a better son, a better everything. I’m no fun to be around if I haven’t written.
So get out there and do things that are interesting to you. You’ll make mistakes and (OH NO!) fail, but it’s all part of the process. Those “failures” will push you forward and if you learn from them, you’ll be better.