Everyone Has a Little Extraordinary in Them
Since I was little, I have always been a pretty good writer. My grandma always said I could whip a story out quicker than anyone else. I used to write stories about all different types of things and people, whatever came to mind I would write it down. As I have grown up my interests and subject matter have changed a bit. Now I find it more interesting than ever to learn about people, their experiences, what makes them tick, and share it with others. I think everyone has a little bit of extraordinary in them whether they know it or not and I think those things deserve recognition.
That being said, about two years into college I decided that while I wasn't totally sure where I wanted to work, I knew I wanted it to involve writing. So I stepped up and became the yearbook editor and started writing some for the student newspaper. During senior year I put my feelers out for some freelance work and landed a gig with the Bellarmine Magazine where I have had a few stories published. (See those stories here)
A month or so ago I decided to stretch myself a bit farther and pitch a story to one of our local magazines, The Voice Tribune. Staying true to what I know and love, I pitched a story about someone who I felt deserved recognition for his amazing work and story. The pitch detailed how Bruce Reynolds, my hair stylist at Salon Bacco, got his start and how he became the success he is today. I wasn't sure that the editor would pick up the story, but I felt it was interesting enough to share. Luckily, she agreed. I am happy to report that as of yesterday my story was officially published!
I'm not sharing this to brag about this small success, I'm sharing it because I am proud of myself and I want y'all to know that you are capable of whatever you set your mind to. I may not be the best writer out there, but I believe that there are worthwhile stories out there and I have the opportunity to tell those stories. Don't give up on something just because you are afraid no one will care what you have to say or you don't feel like you're good enough. You are good enough. There is a platform that is appropriate for everyone's voice, you just need to find it and exercise that voice. Don't pass up the opportunity to make an impact, even if it is just a small impact. Your words have the power to make people happy, sad, proud, and anything in-between. I don't know how much impact this one story will have, but I do know that I helped Bruce realize that his story was worth sharing. I shared his extraordinary, and that's enough for me.
Check out Bruce's extraordinary here via The Voice Tribune!