To be perfectly honest, I never imagined it would come to this, even though I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time.
And then finally, it happened. Wow, that feels good!
Well, just so we’re clear with each other: I have never written a best seller, never published in a famous magazine, even if I have written a lot about music and sport in the past, have not made a deal with a renowned publisher, and I’m still a long way from generating significant revenues on Medium.
But it’s even better than that!
Let me tell you the story.
Believing in yourself, even in the worst times.
The light gushes out. Yes, it always happens, and that’s awesome. Perseverance always pays off in the end.
What matters is to believe in it and protect yourself from those who would tend to say that the road we have chosen is too difficult or too volatile.
I have always loved making up stories, and I have always chosen the words to do so. I still remember carrying my small text files of a few kilobytes at a time when the 3 1⁄2-inch floppy disk was the queen of storage.
That’s right, Medium did not yet exist, dear friends!
With my best friend at the time, the best lawyer of the 1990s — only in our imagination, but she has now become a judge, for real — we were playing the role of investigators, lawyers, and bandits of all kinds.
We created stories that we wrote down on paper or on a computer. That’s when the 3 1⁄2-inch floppy disk was our best friend to transport the files from her computer to mine.
The years went by and I kept writing in my free time.
I remember a course in my undergraduate year in digital marketing, where we had to put ourselves in the shoes of a journalist and write a newspaper article.
I had written a piece that talked about Tennis. Yes, I am a big fan and an ex-competitor of the yellow ball. Roger Federer is my King. Um, sorry, finally my second, there’s Kelly Slater too. Surfing is my religion, if I have one. This quote is from him, but it could be mine!
I had enjoyed doing this exercise, and our teacher had congratulated me and even advised me to continue on the path of writing.
I had been writing and publishing online for several years already. I am part of the generation that knew the first blogs and the golden age of Caramail and Myspace. God, I'm so old!
But that day, something really happened inside me. In a sense, I guess, I had finally found my way. I will be forever grateful to this teacher who knew how to reveal what I really liked.
In the years that followed, I did something else while continuing to write for my pleasure and to heal myself too. Writing has been and still is my best therapy. That’s great because it’s free!
Every time I no longer believed in myself, every time I doubted, every time I suffered, words came to me to save me. I can’t tell you anything, words have incredible power over us humans.
All this to tell you that I have always believed in my abilities. There was always a small part of me who thought that one day it would work, and I believe that it has paid off.
As time went by, the more I wanted writing, words, to be at the center of my life. I mean, you who are here, you know what I’m talking about!
And then one day
The dream finally came true. Today I work as a writer for a company that pays me to write. A company that lets me express my creativity through writing. It’s that simple. But above all, it’s the only thing I want to do now.
For the anecdote, and it’s funny, I learned that I was selected for a second interview for this job while I was at the cinema, to see the movie Long Shot.
In the movie, Fred Flarsky — played by Seth Rogen — will be hired by Charlotte Field — Charlize Theron — then US Secretary of State, to write his speeches.
Even if I’m not the kind of person who believes in signs, you have to admit that something happened there!
I don’t know if one day I’ll become a novelist, but what I know today is that words have begun to become a more serious part of my life.
The final touch?
Always believe in you, no matter what!
Even if you think you are completely lost, at the bottom of the abyss, one day you will end up going back up the slope, and find your way.