Humility and Ego

Now what everyone should know is that I am a very simple person. I have a very humble beginning and a maybe even more so humbling present.

I was born to refugee parents fleeing a war. When they came to Canada they were hoping for their children the brightest of futures. Their career choices include doctor, nurse, lawyer, anything else that included a pristine degree from a university. Never had they imagined that during high school I would fall under a deep depression that continues to this day. My productivity level flat lined. I forewent my classes for my bedroom and missed most lectures. I stopped talking to my classmates. I gained 20lbs.

So to their disappointment, I dropped out of university and moved back home, to instead become a waitress. That career path turned into a cleaner and here I am today.

I am a slightly educated overnight building cleaner.

Well, I am not proud of my life thus far, even deleting all social media so acquaintances couldn’t see my failure, but I’m saying this now because there is always hope. I want to dream big and have high prospects. I want to set a new standard for myself.

But ultimately, I want you, the reader, to know that you can start writing no matter your foundation.

Mine includes one English course in university and that I stop in the public library once a month. And of course my buried passion for written artistry.

To quote a famous line from a famous movie:

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.”

Anton Ego, Ratatouille (2007)

Ego, the critic, goes on to compliment the aforementioned artist as the finest in the country. I’m not saying I’ll be aligned with some of the greats, but I won’t even be recognized by a passerbyer until I put pen to paper…and paper to keyboard. And neither do you until you get on it as well.

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