I write, therefore I am

About three years ago I came to the conclusion that I had to change my life. A long row of arbitrary choices had landed me in a place that held little promise, and I was on a road to an even darker place. A deep imagination can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be a burden; I could see that dark place very clearly.

I did not wake up one day and decide on a whim to sell my flat, get rid of most of my possessions and go backpacking in Asia. It was a decision that crept up on me slowly, an inevitability. More importantly, it was the first decision in my life that was truly my own. I made it despite being told by nearly everyone I know that it was a bad idea. A while after I came back I realised that all my life I had based my choices on what other people thought would make me happy. That decision had been the turning point. It was the most important thing I learned from my trip.

Life did not magically become easier, but my feet were on firmer ground. I know now that my creativity is what defines me. Without it, I am not myself. I know that everything I do must revolve around it or I will be unhappy.

Today I work freelance, giving in-depth critique to aspiring writers. I have a knack for identifying patterns in a story and for constructively describing how they can be improved. And writers tend to find my brutal honesty refreshing.

I truly enjoy my work. I get to help others improve their writing, and I learn so much in the process. By helping others take steps towards their dream, I also help myself move closer to mine.

So here we are, together!

Magnus Hedén

2 Responses

  1. I also chose my own path against everyones imprimada for the first time in 2001 when joining the navy. It wasn’t easy – on the contrary on of the hardest things I ever chose to do but it fundamentally changed me and I as well got a better footing in life. It is never easy but it is yours to own and my next path divider in life came in 2007 and it brought me even more heart ache and hardship but also resilience and confidence in myself. So, I am, therefore I feel and read and I will follow your journey with a critic eye and a smile from Down Under. Good riddance my friend.

  2. Thank you for sharing and for your support, Monika. I have often allowed both the past and the future to trouble me, but today I work to stay positive about the present. It makes it easier to get through the day when my mind is not somewhere else but focused on all the things I need to do today as well as the things I have to be thankful for right now.

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