The Privilege of Writing
Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well!
I’m doing fine, and just when I’m feeling settled into my internship, I realize that time is nearly up. I spoke with one of my friends about this and she reminded me that this is the point of an internship; just enough time for you to get used to things, but not get too comfortable.
In all, I am immensely grateful for this summer. I have learnt a lot, and I am very grateful that I haven’t been too mentally challenged. After all, it’s still summer time!
I did not do any writing in the month of July- the entire month. Once, I started this post to share my thoughts on how challenging writing is, especially when one has a full time 9-5 job, and is trying to have a life as well. I have come to realize that sacrifices are part of life, and that prioritizing is immensely important.
However, the story is not all sad and soppy. While I have not been able to write as much as I’d have loved to, I have been able to read a fair amount. I’ve also watched a good number of sermons. Since I take notes whenever I listen to a sermon, I should probably think of creating blog posts out of my notes when writer’s block and laziness attack me in full force!
So far, I have completed the following novels:
- Open City- Teju Cole
- Everyday is for the thief- Teju Cole
- No Longer at Ease- Chinua Achebe
- One World Anthology- Various Authors
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives- Lola Shoneyin
It’s not like I’ve read that many books, but I’m proud of myself either way! Right now, I’m reading Paul Uche’s “Switching Lanes”. Paul was a young man who lost his battle with leukemia in June last year. Before he died, he chronicled his journey on a blog, which I followed religiously. I remember once wondering why he hadn’t posted anything in a long time, just to find out via Facebook that he had died. I was very sad because despite the fact that I did not know him personally, I had prayed for him to regain his health. From the little of his book that I’ve read, he sounds like the kind of person I want to be- he was ambitious, intelligent, and passionate. He wrote songs, created a mixtape, and wrote a series of short stories. He also studied Chemical Engineering at MIT, with a minor in Creative Writing. Sigh. Oh death, where is your sting?
Last month, I practically spent all my savings on a new cell phone. I remember wanting to get out of the store just as soon as I paid and signed my name, just so I wouldn’t change my mind! For the first few days, I felt a lot of guilt that I spent so much money on a cellphone. But now, when I listen to my music on the long commute to and from work every day, when I read my books on my Kindle, and when I take my rooftop pictures, I appreciate my phone. I also try to remind myself that I did not buy that phone by my might or my power. God enabled me to buy it, and He will take care of all my needs (and some wants as well), HA!
I’m really excited I’ve been able to break the short spell of writer’s block I’ve had this month. Although I feel like I haven’t really done all I hoped to do this summer- such as regularly update my blog, I am grateful for the people I’ve met, the love and laughter I’ve shared with old friends, and the experience of living and working in a new city!
I still have a good three weeks at my internship, and I’m honestly quite excited about that, although my friends think I’m nuts for working this long...
Take care guys, remember to do things you love and trust God to provide everything you need!