A few weeks ago, I participated in my Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) – Accounting Club – annual food drive. It was a massive amount of fun. We then had a small gathering afterward at a pizza buffet nearby. It was my second time participating. Last year, 2015, we did the same thing and went to the same restaurant but unfortunately, I wasn’t very hungry that day and didn’t get to eat much.
This year, however, the event was a little different. Instead of leaving after we finish eating like last year, this year, we were required to stay until 6:30. It’s a networking event, as the faculty adviser put it and truthfully, I was feeling a little lost because I didn’t really know anyone there. So I sat by myself until someone invited me to join their table.
As soon as everyone got their food and began to dig in, the club’s faculty adviser stood up, she said, “Why don’t we go around, introduce ourselves. What year are we in the program, and one thing you’re passionate about.”
Immediately, my heart began pounding. I’m not good at introducing myself. What do I say? What am I passionate about? A large ball of jumbled answers appeared in my mind, floating like a big ball of knotted yarn. Less than 5 minutes later, as the girl next to me sat down, it was my turn. Shakily, I stood up, spoke my name, said I’ll be graduating in December, and then slowly and steadily, I said, “and I’m passionately about storytelling.” That’s the truth, I told myself. It wasn’t a lie.
As soon as I sat down, I took a deep breath. I’ve done it. The introduction moved to the next table and the guy sitting across from me asked, “What did you say you were passionate about?” Storytelling, I answered him. “So you have any cool stories?”
I blushed and chuckled, “Oh no, I write mostly flash fiction,” he seemed confused, “fiction less than 300 words,” I added.
“Cool,” he said with little interest and that was the end of the conversation. I didn’t tell him of my blog and to be frank, I felt weird telling people I spend my free time writing because no one (other than you guys) would ever understand why we like to do what we do here on WordPress. We all have a journey, no matter how strange some people might think, and mine just happens to be me working toward to being an author.
Do you have a journey that when you tell people, they won’t get it? Please share.
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