Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

Just last week, Señora Grigorian asked my class what we liked to do in our free time. Almost instantaneously, everyone’s hands shot up, except for mine of course. I just sat there and listened to each student tell of how they loved to do a wide variety of extremely unique and challenging things. Things like drawing, painting, playing a myriad of instruments, baking and running cool clubs.

My mind raced, searching for something to share. My first thought was that I play volleyball but I discarded that thought. I don’t play volleyball anymore, my season is over. So what do I do? It became glaringly obvious to me at that moment that I no longer had a hobby. Suddenly I felt empty. I desperately needed to find a hobby and binge watching the entire How I Met Your Mother series for the third time on Netflix would no longer suffice.

My search continued as the day went on. This question stuck in my head, I could not shake it. I had always identified myself as a volleyball player but that was no longer an option. My days on the court were over and it was time to turn the page. I began to think of all of the things my friends did outside of school, wondering if I could possibly follow suit. However, my options were limited because I cannot draw, I am musically challenged and I hate baking. I was back at square one.

So here I am, sitting at my computer, typing this up and it has finally occurred to me what I should do. It’s literally right in front of me. I should write. But not for other people, or for teachers or for colleges, I need to write because it’s the only medium in which I know how to collect my thoughts.

This is almost a letter to myself. It is a contract that from here on out I need to continue writing. I no longer have the excuse of being busy all of the time. I have nothing but time on my hands, so now I must use it. Wasting my days on Netflix and Tumblr are not accept able anymore. I am at a point in my life where I need to capitalize on the time that I am not stressed out about doing my homework and studying for tests at the last minute and actually productively work on something meaningful.

I figured this would be a good place to start.