As a kid it looked like this:
Reading under the covers with a flashlight, well past bedtime
Sneaking Harlequin books into my big stack every time I went to the library
Watching Nightmare on Elm Street at a sleepover. Boy, did I live to regret that one
Engaging in my first kiss (and several there after) with my eighth grade boyfriend in the chem lab after school–and getting caught by the principal. My parents were NOT keen on this boy
Changing my major from pharmacy/pre-med for which I received scholarship money, to French Ed. I’ll never forget my mother saying, “you’re going to hate teenagers,” with a snarl. (Thankfully she was wrong, by the way. I love them. They make me laugh.)
And then as an adult:
Throwing caution to the wind and moving cross country for the hell of it
Resigning from a job I adored to raise my babies, even though I knew we would struggle like hell financially.
THEN THE WRITING. (You were probably hoping I’d get to this eventually) Finally, finally, finally calling myself a writer. A real one. It doesn’t sound rebellious, but it takes so much courage to claim this exalted, super-cool title, especially when you’ve been labeled something else for so long–a daughter, a student, a teacher, a mother. And especially when everyone nods and puts on a fake smile and says, “You know, I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I gave that foolish desire up a long time ago. Good luck.” (Not to mention that financial struggle I mentioned?) So yeah, claiming the title of writer, pursuing the dream, AND THEN ACTUALLY LIVING IT, took a ton of guts and an adventurous spirit.
BUT IT WORKED! Being rebellious, sometimes, really pays off.
Can you name a time your rebellion really paid off?
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