I started writing when I was 9 years old as a way to cope with the so-called preteen and teen angst that I thought was bottled up inside. Writing was the only way I knew how to express myself. From 9 years old to now, I think I've filled at least 200+ journals. When I was fresh out of college, I applied to at least 150 writing jobs. I mailed applications to newspapers I didn't even know existed, never even getting one interview. I was persistent as hell. The more applications I filled out, the more angry I became. Magazines and newspapers wanted experienced writers, but how could I get experience if no one would give it to me?
Shortly after creating PBK, I decided to go back to school to get my credential so I can at least start on one of my dreams. Once I started substitute teaching and working with kids, I realized why I never gotten a writing job. It was God's way of saying, "Hold your horses, young grasshopper." My preference of writing over teaching should have been switched. I found teaching more fulfilling. Once I told everyone that I was going to be a teacher, they were confused about my desire to write. At the age of 18, you're not always going to be 100% sure of what you want to do. Even now, I would have never thought that I'd be starting a bartending business at the age of 22, but guess what. I am. And it's actually going pretty well too.
I love writing and the beauty of words and language, but I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to discover my other passions—teaching and bartending (*insert shameless plug here* Check out PBKBartending.com!). Whatever age you are, go for all of your goals. You never know where they'll take you.