Today I let go of the box I have been trying to force myself into – struggling to work as a journalist when I feel passion for other things like the activism I do with CAIR and am starting to do with other groups.
I have decided to approach writing not as a profession, but as a tool.
And I have spent the day feeling the freedom and lightness of not having the stress of editors and deadlines or the self-imposed pressure of “being” a journalist. I am a journalist, but not simply for the sake of writing and reporting, but because I can use those skills to further causes. And I can work on my book with joy, not by feeling like it’s just another task for me to procrastinate on.
“Follow your passion” is such a cliche, but it is a real thing and as of today I am doing it.