Daily life

Why I Started Writing For The Odyssey

“The scariest moment is always just before you start”

A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook, and a certain post caught my eye. Someone on the FGCU class page posted about looking for new writers to write for The Odyssey. I read it, and then kept scrolling, with the thought lingering in the back of my mind. Once I had seen all the new posts on my feed, I went back to the FGCU page and applied to be a writer for The Odyssey.

After I applied I was not sure about my decision. Thoughts started running through my head “what if I am not a good enough writer?”, “what if I can’t reach as many people as the others?” I prayed about the decision that I had made, and a day or two later I got an email from the Editor in Chief telling me that I had gotten the position. I was thrilled, and a little scared.

I wrote my first post about some bible quotes that helped me get through my surgery, and it was awesome to see how many people I had reached through sharing it on Facebook, and other social media.

The question was brought to my attention a few days ago “Why do you write for The Odyssey?” Well, the answer is simple, I want to inspire people. I want to inspire people through the words that I write. I want to gain experience through this so that I can meet my goal of writing a book one day. I want other people to see that reaching your goals may not always be easy, but the struggle is worth it in the end. Although I love writing for the Odyssey, it is not always easy. I have weekly deadlines to meet, and sometimes it’s hard to think of topics, or even find the time and  motivation to write. But writing is so important to me, so no matter how hard it gets some days I keep trying. I talk to people and ask the them to help me brainstorm ideas, and I set aside time to write, so I know I will get my writings in before my deadline. There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. 

I have written 5 posts for the Odyssey so far, and I am amazed with how well it is going for me. Two weeks ago, I wrote about a touchy subject for me, my dad. I wrote about what I learned after I lost him. It wasn’t easy sitting in Starbucks that day and just pouring myself out in order to write this post. But the turnout made it SO worth it. I shared my post on Facebook, and snapchat the day that it was published. The Odyssey page also posted it. Later that evening my mom found it, and shared it on her page as well. That night I was up to about 300 views, and I was amazed and felt so good that people were reading my work, and learning from my experiences in life. Today I was curious and I went on my Odyssey page and looked at my stats. I could not believe my eyes when I saw how many views the post about my dad had. 959 total people have seen it, which means 959 people saw what I went through, and what I have learned from such a traumatic experience in my life. I can only hope that those people who read this post are inspired, and know that they are not alone. For that is why I poured my heart out in such a way. I did it for others. 

“We all endure disaster and tragedy, and triumph over them if we have to. We may not think we can, but we have surprisingly strong inner resources that will see us through if we only make use of them. We are stronger than we think.” -Dale Carnegie

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Have a great week and keep following your dreams!

Taylor Kate


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