Discovering I had the write stuff
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Do you remember where you were when you discovered who you could be? I do. I was at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Well, at least in my imagination.
My favorite television character, Rory Gilmore, once said, "I live in two worlds: reality and books." I've related to that sentiment my whole life.
As a kid, reading was my favorite activity, my preferred way to pass time. Books spoke to me on levels that no person could. I read in school, in between classes, on car rides and even mornings before school. Whenever I had a free moment, I would read.
And my favorite books? The "Harry Potter" series. Anyone who knew me in middle school knew me with a "Harry Potter" book in hand. It was everything I could ever want in a book: fantasy, adventure, conflict, romance and good vs. evil. Author J.K. Rowling invited me into a world far from my own. It consumed me, and sometimes the lines between the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione would blur with my own life.
If I had a bad day at school or felt stressed or anxious, it hardly mattered because when I came home, I had Harry. In fact, I had three best friends that I knew as if they were real. This feeling of comfort, excitement and pure joy at just holding these books in my hands is where it all began.
As I got older, I began to have the desire to write something of my own, to create a masterpiece that someone just like me could read and love as much as I loved "Harry Potter." That's when I began to write. I wrote poems, short stories, plays, and even began my very own book. It was something that came so naturally to me.
Although I loved to write, it wasn't until others began to read my writing that I knew it was something I wanted to pursue as a career. I reveled in the praise I received when my parents told me I was a natural-born writer, was proudest when my teachers complimented me on my essays and got excited every time I had the opportunity to put my opinions into words.
This excitement turned into a passion - a passion to be a journalist. I wanted people to know what was on my mind. I wanted to start conversations. I wanted to make people think. And I still do.
I am part of a generation that has lost the ability to communicate effectively, a generation that is afraid to have difficult conversations, a generation that has lost direction and is dismissive of what's right and what's wrong.
I want to write what is hard, the things that people don't necessarily want to read, but need to read, for the sake of themselves, my generation, and the future.
- Katie Hughes of Hinsdale, a senior at Nazareth Academy, is a contributing columnist. Readers can email her at [email protected]