BY CELINA BAYLON
“Writers write, everyone else makes excuses.”
A tall order, but true.
“’Wannabe Writer’. Yes, that’s me, a frustrated writer. I had some stints back in college and luckily, had a few pieces published for the university annual. But I have never been published at a scale that would affirm myself as a legitimate writer. So until then, I will happily confine myself to being a ‘wannabe.’”
With this line of thought, I found myself scribbling down these same words to indicate my profession at a dream boarding event by Writer’s Block Philippines and co.lab. The event organizers even told me that I’m no “wannabe,” and I replied by saying something like, “I’ll erase it and leave out the word ‘writer’ someday (cue in dramatic song please).”
Anyone who wakes up each morning with the mantra, “Today, I am going to improve on being a wannabe [insert occupation here]” is wasting precious time. I was one of those whose anthem used to be a Spice Girls hit song.
We may see this “wannabe philosophy” as an act of humility, or as a form of restraint to avoid getting ahead of ourselves. Unknowingly however, we create a wall of limitations, thrusting us farther away from what we can actually become. It ironically permits more excuses and creates mediocrity, because there’s really nothing on the line. Hence, instead of aiming to walk on the moon, we become satisfied with just looking up, gazing, as its glowing visage stares back.
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Celina Baylon was a participant of Feature Writing 101 (version 3). After the workshop, and with peculiar but happy thoughts for a parachute, she plunged toward the joys and pains of her first love: writing. She is currently working on becoming an ardent tourist in her own country, and claims to have an extensive familiarity on OPM. Getting into entrepreneurship also keeps her mind buzzing these days.
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