“The unexamined life is not worth living.” —Socrates
The goal of an individual is to live a happy and fulfilling life. But, what is it exactly, that gives life its sense of fulfillment and purpose?
I believe that the answer lies in the sayings of the three Athenian philosophers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle). They claimed that man is a being who is always searching for meaning and that knowing one’s own self is the beginning of all wisdom. This teaches us that a person’s quest for knowledge is essential and infinite. We learn that knowledge is indeed power, and ignorance is the first step on the road of falsehood. Consequently, we must aim to pursue such a career which not only compliments who we really are, but also adds value to our wisdom. Such a career that broadens our vision and enlarges our wisdom is not only appropriate but essential to drive us towards fulfillment and purpose. For me, the one career that shows promise in delivering a sense of meaning and fulfillment, as well as a way of expressing emotions, is writing. Writing is a career that is built on the foundation of intellect and perspective; it shows us who we really are and maybe even shows us who we really want to be. It is a means of contemplation, systemization, and expression, which sharpens our cognition and pulls us out of the confusing web of ignorance and invariance. However, writing is not restricted to the benefits of one’s self. It is also a way to solve problems and connect with people around the world for the greater good of society.
Fundamentally, writers are individuals armed with ideas and thoughts which they are eager to communicate to the world and the effectiveness of their communication often depends upon the level of knowledge, articulation, and empathy they illustrate in their work. Writers are also able to think clearly and remain calm in stressful situations, as they have sharp cognitions and a clear mind to divide the problem or situation into small, manageable chunks. Moreover, the cliché sentence “if you want to achieve a goal, you should write it down” isn’t just a baseless assumption. As neuroscience proves that writing is important in helping people achieve goals because a process called “encoding” occurs in the brain to memorize things better. The study by Mark Murphy (a best-selling author and leadership guru) found out that people are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to accomplish their goals if they are to write them down.
Furthermore, writers put forth the basic wrongs that are part of everyday society (such as bullying). Writers are not only observant enough to actually spot the problem; they are clever enough to look at it as a problem and courageous enough to break the silence of the weak by expressing their views. Writers are not only a hope for the weak and a voice for the voiceless; they are a force which can cause changes in the way people think or perceive things. For example, author Markus Zusak in the book (The Book Thief) tells us about the horrors of WW2 and that really impacted my own perception of how ugly war truly is. Writers are also keen to « challenge and question the “fundamental beliefs” of people and often times make them grow by introducing a new set of ideas and beliefs that sprout from counter-intuitive thinking. As a result, some writers are also accused and criticized by other writers who are on the other side of the argument, and a clash of two different-minded writers often results in dilemmas being solved and philosophical questions being answered.
Additionally, writers don’t just get out of their trap of loneliness and solitude. They replace those feelings with feelings of self-fulfillment, achievement, and satisfaction. It has long been believed that writing makes people happier and healthier because it acts as a faucet which releases all of the pent-up tension and overwhelming emotions that may bother an intellectual. For example, not only do poets have the ability to write aggressively about their views and get away with their controversial opinions because of the abstract nature of poetry, but they are also able to express their feelings of longing, anger, pain, and distress through sonnets that may even sound heart-warming to the reader. Likewise, the list of health benefits goes on into the realm of goal-setting too. The study by (King, L.A,2001) proved that writing about life goals was associated with a significant increase in well-being and happiness.
Therefore, it is only natural for someone who seeks the bounties of knowledge, as well as an escape from the constant burdens of anxiety and uncertainty to pursue a career in writing. So, personally, I want to chase my dream of becoming a writer who can glue all of my interests and abilities together to create something that not only benefits the present generation but also something that can be left behind as a legacy for the coming generations to learn and follow. I plan to do this by improving the biggest weapon in the inventory of a writer: words. Accordingly, I’m aiming to gather and prepare as many weapons as I can, by reading several books from authors of different countries, backgrounds, and viewpoints to collect a vast array of words and ideas which will empower me to have a better understanding of the world, and of the art of writing.
I concur with Abraham Lincoln’s words “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” Because the value or significance of a certain profession depends upon the individual who is practicing that skill and the degree of mastery or expertise that individual is showing towards his practicing art. In this example, I believe that I can someday progress from my current position as an aspiring writer to a more prominent and significant position such as a renowned author or a poet. Apart from this, I must work with compassion and diligence to do justice to the art of writing, and the first step to take is to start writing and eventually fix the mistakes and inaccuracies of the work I will produce. I have also been motivated by Jodi Picoult’s quote “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” To start with my career as a writer and hope to someday leave a legacy behind and become a beacon of guidance for people who are trying to find their way out of the dark alleys of hopelessness and ignorance.