I just realized the other day that on November 13 it’s going to mark a year since my first essay was published by Full Grown People. That was the day that I started to dip my toes back into writing and to take it — and myself — seriously.
I guess I have always been a writer, albeit one that doesn’t write. So maybe that doesn’t count. But I look back on this year and part of me wants to yell “why haven’t you done this earlier!” and part of me is just happy that I finally got to this point, where I feel confident(ish), happy, and proud to be writing. Maybe I just wasn’t ready before. Maybe I didn’t have anything important to say before.
I have written more in this past year than ever before and I hope my streak will continue. I am in fear every day that my pen will dry up, that inspiration will leave me, that my confidence and enthusiasm will vanish. I don’t think they will, but who knows where the magic of writing comes from and who knows what it is that really keeps it nearby? I certainly don’t.
If you would have told me a year ago that my writing will appear in The Washington Post and The New York Times, I would have laughed at you. But both of those things happened and I hope they will happen again. And I hope that even bigger things will happen to, and because of my writing. I guess maybe that’s what changed over the past year — that I am allowing myself to think big, outside of my comfort zone, outside of what I once thought was possible. Because apparently, anything is possible.
Some of my favorites from the past year:
Five Things I Learned About Love and Life from Having a Crush on Benedict Cumberbatch
My Complicated Relationship with My Jewishness and What It Means for My Son
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Kudos to you for chasing your dream and making it a reality, Zsofi. I’ve loved reading your writing (and learning about you in a different capacity from the work-related one I know you in the past year) and look forward to reading more of it in the years to come!
Congratulations, Zsofi! You were meant to be doing this. And I, for one, hope you never stop.
What a truly incredible year!!!
It’s only been a year?! You’ve accomplished so much, and clearly writing is something you NEED to be doing–Not just for yourself, but for those of us who get to read your work. It’s wonderful! Congratulations on an impressive year!! 🙂