As I looked back towards my life in the past, I felt that each moment, each success, and each failure that I have experienced has actually contributed to the person that I am right now. Whether it’s a big event in my life or just a small, insignificant event, each of them have shaped a certain aspect of my character, and I must say that all of these points have added up to my general sense of life and humanity in general.
I can easily relate to this through the thing that I love the most: Writing. There’s a Turkish writer who once said about the people who work in the writing profession:
“You can take away the pen, but the pen will always come back to you if you are destined for it.”
These are not the exact words, of course, but the general thought that he wants to impart is the same.
I’ve had my first experience in writing when I was in third grade. At that time, there was an essay-writing competition, and when I found out that I lost and that I haven’t gotten a spot on the podium, I threw my pen away in anger and I ripped my paper into a thousand pieces. Little did I know that it would symbolise my “baptism by fire” in the field of writing.
Right now, I am working as an electronic sports columnist in one of Philippines’ most prestigious publications (you can read all my articles here), and it is interesting that I also worked as a small-time student journalist when I was back in high school and that I served as the editor-in-chief of our high school paper for around two years or so. At the time, I never thought that I will be a prolific writer, let alone work in a nationally recognized publication: I feel that it is a very lucky break for me, and I am really thankful that I have been given the chance to do so.
When I was a high school student, I thought that journalism was just a fun thing to do and a great way to explore places, meet people, and see society; I never thought that the things that I learned and the hours that I toiled will equip me with the necessary skills in order to be able to write proficiently. Right now, as I look back in my life in retrospect, I realize that everything was worth the time and effort that was spent, no matter how little the steps seemed to be.
And finally, yes, since electronic sports is a big deal about computer games, I am very fortunate to have developed a healthy interest in the sector, and I am very lucky to have followed a lot of games from my childhood onwards. This has given me the necessary background knowledge of the gaming culture as well as the typr of games that are in and out, and in turn, I am able to use right now my interest in games in order to be able to perform my best.
Overall, every step of my life has lead me to this point (at least in terms of writing); even though video games and writing never seem to have much in common, at one point, they have joined together in order for me to reach this good point in life!
Yeah, this must be my butterfly effect.
No wonder that I keep on seeing white butterflies on my path…
This week’s prompt is about the Butterfly Effect.
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