My 11th grade English teacher told me to never take up writing as even a hobby that "Some people can and some people can't!" I think I hear those words in my head whenever I sit to write a paper, a blog post, almost anything.
And I started thinking, about all the times I let those words, "Some people can and some people can't," hinder me along the way. Every time I start to write a sweet note to my husband, kids, a friend. I struggle for words, thinking I sound silly or inappropriate. When I go to pray for a friend, I stop and say, "I'm praying for you," and keep all the wonderful things that I want to say to her to myself because I don't want to sound like a "babbling brook." That was his "special" commentary on a speech I gave once, that I sounded "like a babbling brook in that I made a lot of useless noise that would put any sane person to sleep."
Today, my college professor says: "I enjoyed reading your paper! You are an excellent writer!"
What? I'm an excellent writer?
To my 11th grade English teacher I say this, "Some people can, and some people are full of it!"