This morning, I was on Facebook and stumbled upon an article titled “7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose”. It was an interesting article, with interesting points, but the “strange question” that really caught my attention was: What makes you forget to eat and poop? I know, it’s weird to think about, but it totally clicked with me as I was reading what the author of the article had to say about it. He says that, when he was younger, he used to play video games for hours upon hours, and that now he realizes that he didn’t have a passion for the games themselves, but for improvement. Making himself better.
“The allure of the shiny thing” is a term coined by the writing professor I had for my first two semesters here at college, Marcia Brenner. This magnificent woman (a woman who graced the world with my favorite quote of all time: “Trump is like the Krampus of politics. We got him because we were bad.”) has bestowed upon me most of the life-changing knowledge about writing that I’ve gained so far while I’ve been attending college. All of my other teachers are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s Marcia that has literally changed my writing life for the better. She’s the one who taught me about rewrites, and the different writing forms, and the allure of the shiny thing.