When I was a kid, I would write scripts for my favorite shows. First it was The Big Valley and then it was Starsky and Hutch. This may be when I first caught the writing bug, but it wasn't until I started subscribing to House Beautiful and began reading the "Thoughts of Home" column on the back page that I figured out what kind of writer I wanted to be. I wanted to be the kind that made people recall their fond memories, to take them back to a happy time when life was simple, and to bring them comfort. I ripped out my favorite columns and saved them for inspiration. I was so excited to discover that the magazine published a compilation of these columns and asked for a copy for my next birthday.
I've taken that book off the shelf and plan to re-read these columns that inspired me. I'm also going to search for those favorites that I tore from the pages of the magazine. These 31 days are reminding me of that excitement in writing and my desire to bring comfort to people. I may even try to track down some of the writers of those columns and thank them for inspiring me to be a writer just like them.
I think it is good to trace the roots of a passion, to re-discover what brought you enjoyment from anything. What brings you enjoyment can tell you a lot about yourself. And it can bring you closer to the life that is waiting for you.