"Supporting each other, and supporting yourself, is crucial to success. The support of family and friends can inspire and remind someone not to give up on the goal in their mind. Even off-hand encouragement from strangers, sometimes especially from strangers, helps someone see the joy around and within them. I will never forget the faces of the two women who made conversation with me while we waited for a storm to pass. “I’m studying to be a writer,” I told them, “I want to write movies and TV shows.” Their faces lit up. “Remember us when you give your speech at the Oscars!” These women had never met me, and we were simply making small talk while hiding from the nearby thunder. But they did not miss the chance to make me smile, and to remind me that love comes from the most unexpected places.
I was well-informed of the risks I was taking by going to school to learn how to write professionally. I had been writing for 11 years when I entered college at 18. I was aware of my microscopic chance of success, of making it big exactly how I dreamed I would. But I’m trying, and that’s step one. And, I was lucky. I had ample backup. Both my parents supported me. My friends and peers, who had been watching the writer inside me blossom and grow for 11 years, stood by the idea that I could write. A statement they would assure me of even at 12 years old. One of my notebooks from 7th grade has “Amanda could do it” scrawled on the back. One of the nearby boys had said that to someone nearby, and I wasted no time writing it where I could always see it. I never wanted to forget that feeling, and I have been fortunate enough not to.
Supporting each other, and helping those around you is an admirable action. No wrong can come from it, even when such actions are difficult. It’s easy to tell someone that you want them to chase their dreams. It can be another story altogether when the person you are trying to help doesn’t want to be helped, even if they need it. But doing the right thing, even with risk involved, is an important and undervalued attribute." Continue reading "We Got Your Back" by Amanda Nicklas in our bio 🤝 #Shethority #MondayMood #WeGotYourBack