From the Heart of a Young Mother

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This is an essay I wrote for English this semester, it was a "mimicry exercise" but I made it quite personal...enjoy

Submitted: December 05, 2011

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From the Heart of a Young Mother

 

You asked for me to explain the importance of writing, so what does being a young mother have to do with the life of a writer? Everything-allow me to demonstrate. The first question you asked of me was "What challenges do writers face?" as I sat at my desk and thought about the questions in front of me, I looked at my three beautiful daughters eating the welfare dinner I had just placed in front of them and I thought of J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter. In the midst of writing her first Harry Potter book, her mother passed away. This is exactly where the comparisons of being a young mother come in with the struggles of a writer, it is everyday life. There are no handbooks to being a mother, there is no one book that will prepare a woman for the amount of herself she will have to give to her children-no words will ever describe how selfless a mother has to be for her children. As do writers, no one person writes with the same form-no writer ever has the same ideas for a story or book and no matter how far they are into their stories-real life never stops….for anyone.

So here I am, in the middle of my precious girls eating the dinner that the government provided for them thinking of how I am going to pay rent this month and keep the internet on to finish my degree in college when I realized every person in the world deals with the every day struggles of life but they get through them. Writers face the struggles of every day life and sometimes that is where their best stories derive from. The struggles I have spoken of may just be the most important lessons writers could learn from. No matter the direction they look in life, there will be struggles. No matter how many times they put their hands on the keyboard to start typing their "Best Seller" sometimes life overcomes their thoughts. These writers must learn how to make their struggles part of their inspiration to the best stories of their lives.

Indeed writing is a powerful source of therapy when used correctly. Language, the use of words may be used for a husband and wife to express their feelings toward each other, language may be used for a mother to express the love she has for her children, or for a writer to tell a story that could possibly change the lives of millions of people worldwide. As a child of my mother, growing up I was told to not keep personal things written down if I did not want any one to find them.

But, what can writing do? I was told that sometimes words are best kept inside. For a writer, writing down words is their job, it is their duty in their life to write down every thought-one day these words may be the building blocks to their success or to save the life of thousands. As a young mother, I may not do much the way a mother is ‘supposed to do’, but I have seen the power writing has, I have been through therapy sessions and know the success of writing down a few feelings every single day and I will encourage my children to write every day of their lives, for the hope that one day they do not end up in my situation. I want my children to grow up to be successful before they have children, therefore I encourage them to write down anything and everything.

Life for both mother’s and writers is a struggle. Some writers have all of the money in the world from the one "Best Seller" they had, but now their thoughts have all been put into their one book and their new struggle is that they can no longer write the way they used to. A young mother will grow up with her children, she will learn many life lessons as she is teaching her children how to be people. And when her children are gone and she is still becoming a woman, she has new struggles of her own-becoming independent from the teachings of her children, learning to live every day life without her children at her every step. Just as mothers have the responsibilities of caring for, and teaching her children, writers have the responsibilities of carrying on a tradition of books. Carrying on the traditions of writers from years before their time, of the education of people from the small amount of information they can give them.

I have explained the lives and struggles of writers, the struggles of young mothers and the comparisons of both. Every mother will have their own struggles, but hopefully every mother will use the life of a writer for a therapeutic purpose. To never miss an important milestone in their children’s lives. To never forget the struggles they overcame while raising new people for the world to meet. As I sit and watch my children eat the dinner the government has provided for them, I write to answer your questions, to look back on this time that I have overcome struggles to get through college as a young mother and provide a better future for my children. I am the example I want my children to learn from, to have an education and a great understanding of literature to get them somewhere before they bring people of their own into this world.


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