I have written several blogs about giving back and using our skills to help the youth of today. As writers we have God given skills that enable us to communicate across many types of boundaries. We give people reasons to laugh, cry or go to places they have never been, with only a few pages of words and phrases. That skill and ability has been ours since childhood and somehow, we managed to bring it out. My question to everyone is; how did this blessing get developed? Or did someone help you bring it out?
For me it was brought out by someone else who was already a published author. I was in my late thirties when this happened. I truly wish that I would have tried to draw out this talent at a younger age. So here goes. I volunteered to be a big brother a few weeks ago. I am looking forward to getting paired with a young man that appreciates the arts and maybe influence the next generation of writers and bloggers.
I have been mulling it over in my head for a while. I don’t have children of my own but feel I need to give something back, on a one to one basis where I can give back and possibly have a positive influence on a young person. My communication with my new “little” brother will be via email every week and one personal visit every six weeks. The majority of our conversations will be written text. I get to use my gift to hopefully enlighten someone’s day.
We have so many talented writers at Bohemia and I am sure those talents have been there, just waiting to bubble at the right time. What if we could help a young high school student bring out those abilities earlier in their life? We have no obligation to mentor and develop others, but we do have the ability and opportunity to do so.
I will let everyone know how this experience moves along and hopefully some of you may want to try this out also. Here goes!