The last time I saw my name on the byline of a featured article on a website was a year ago, January 24, 2017 to be exact. It was my fourth article featured on candymag.com.
Due to heavy workloads my university requires and different hobbies and goals I prioritized, I decided to push writing and submitting articles aside and focus on my academics, artistic exploits and personal growth, and besides I was enduring a painful writer’s block, I couldn’t finish one article or paper unless it was for school work. I knew I have to bring back my mojo and rekindle my love for contributing articles someday and I prayed everyday that I find it soon but no luck came. If there’s anything good that came out of hiding in the shadows as a writer, it was me shining as an artist.
As I was still feeling the euphoria of getting my artworks in two different exhibits, one was FILED’s Fun On Fleek Planner Launch Art Exhibit on November 2017 and University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council’s Limitless: An Anti- Stigma Campaign Art exhibit on March 2018, I stumbled upon Caring Cup’s #ArtForEmpowerment Contest and luckily, my artwork made it to the top 10. After that, I monitored the online community’s page for opportunities to join their contests and hopefully win some e-coupons for myself and the chance to share my work to millions of people. As I was scrolling through their feed, I was enticed by an article so I clicked the link and read the piece but I didn’t notice the description attached to the link the first time I laid my eyes on it, so I read it the post description attached and viola! Turns out every month they look for contributors who want to share their story through written article or an artwork in accordance to their Giving Journal monthly theme. I knew this was my chance and I knew that this time, I have to step up as a writer again. So I grabbed my sword and wrote with my heart.
June 2018 Giving Journal Theme:
“It’s not what you have. It’s what you do with what you have”
People can possess a lot of things—things that range from material ones to talents, skills, and abilities. But what intrigues me the most is what people do with what they possess. A number of wealthy people use their wealth to help make the world a better place by donating their money to charities, others fall in the state of blindness for the treasure they have and eventually goes into corruption and greediness. A number of people use their talents and skills not for the betterment of their lives but for creating something that destroys themselves or the well-being of others; take Dr. Poison from the well acclaimed movie Wonder Woman, she has the skills and intellect of an inventor & scientist but instead of devoting her abilities & time to serve the good, she uses her talents for the wrong reasons. Point being is that how people use with that they have is none of our business, it is their possession & life after all and from what I have observed, it usually falls on either side of the good and bad.
I, however, am gifted with a lot of things. I am gifted with the burning passion and determination of an aspiring filmmaker, writer, and artist. I am gifted with empathy & compassion. But most of all, I am gifted with an immense infatuation for the arts; I am given the talent of painting & creating images and scribing words and bringing them to life.
Focusing on the thing I love doing most, my passion for writing started at a young age, I attempted to write several novels at age 10 by buying notebooks and filling them with words after being inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. At age 12, during my sixth grade in Elementary School, I won an essay writing contest as a first timer. Beginner’s luck? No. It’s my passion for writing.
When I knew I was gifted with such passion for writing, I realized what I have and what I must do in order to give God’s gift justice. I use my talent to inspire people through the words I write, but before I got to experience the euphoria of using the talent that I have to inspire and enlighten people, including myself, I had to endure the painful taste of failure. I lost an out of school writing contest for the short story category and it profoundly affected my motivation in being a writer. Writing is the only thing I have that keeps me sane when reality begins to get rough, it’s my medium to let all my emotions out, it’s the talent that I can proudly parade and hearing that I lost made me question my future in that field. Every representative in our school won, except me. I fell into a short state of depression and anxiety.
After a month of doubting myself as a writer and brooding inside my room, I regained my confidence after one of my pieces got published in candymag.com on February 2016, my second article was featured on the same website on June 2016, my third one on December 2016 and my fourth article was featured last January 2017. What’s more fulfilling than seeing my name on the byline was inspiring hundreds of people through my words. I read all the heart-warming comments they left, I got a lot of messages from different people telling me that they loved my article because they can relate to it and that it inspired them. I may not own billions of dollars or mountains of diamonds but using my talent in writing to inspire other people made me feel like I’m on cloud nine.
Knowing that I have the power to inspire people through the words that I bring to life made me realize that I should use this talent for a great cause. As a collector and hoarder, I possess a lot of material items but what I give importance is the gift of eloquence through the words that I write. What I have is the talent of creating stories and the passion of bringing them to life. It may not be much but this is something that cannot be taken away from me. I am gifted with words, and I use that gift wisely because I know that words have the power to either inspire people or destroy them.
To interpret this month’s 2018 Giving Journal theme, it doesn’t matter if you carry great amount of treasures in your pocket or none at all; what you have does not only rely on blessings that can be handheld, touched or seen with the naked eye, it can also be something that you possess internally or subjectively and it doesn’t matter if you are a gifted person or not, what you do with what you have–your talents, skills, and abilities, (and hopefully for the good reason) is what counts.
You can also view this article on Caring Cup’s website, by clicking the link here.