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People ask me a lot why I won’t be a writer when I grow up.

I never actually know what to say. I know that I want to be a surgeon. I know that I want to go help in a third world country. I know that I want to go into pediatrics. But, I’ve never been able to come up with a good reason for why not to be a writer.

I’m a good writer, not a great one, but good. I could write for a living. It’d be fun and easy. I wouldn’t have to get up at all hours of the night. I could spend the whole day in my pajamas if I wanted. Or I could sit in coffee shops and write until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.

It sounds great, in theory. But, I know better than to think that I can write for a deadline or for any type of prompt. We know that sometimes I can update every couple of hours, days, or months. Writing gives me a good feeling, but it doesn’t satisfy one basic need. I need to help people. I’ll make a great surgeon. I’ve always wanted to just help people. The funny thing is, is that earlier in my life, I wanted to be a writer, but then I realized that all I want to do is help people. That’s the drive behind Sole Purpose. It’s the drive behind every compasionate or kind thing that I say.

So yeah, I’d probably make a great writer. I will probably write someday. But, it’s not my purpose. Writing is helpful to only a small group. All of the skills that come along with what I really want to do can help hundreds, maybe thousands of people who would have never had a chance. And that alone is worth it. That alone is the driving force.

A Very Special How To: How To Manage High School

Note Little Ones, I said manage, not get super happy about, or do exponentially great. I said “manage”

1) Get yourself an agenda. If your school issues you one, it is probably to small and rather sucky. Get one that fits your needs. Here’s mine: http://bit.ly/pry9fg 

2) Make sure you have a crapload of pens and pencils. If you lose stuff often, get even more than normal people. Which I guess would be the big box. If you’re a writer, keep pencils EVERYWHERE (this is important for step 3) Make sure that you have these things around so you can grab one without wanting to tear your eyeballs out.

3) If you do happen to be a writer, save everything you write. You may want it for an upcoming paper. Did you write “Poodles have weird hair” on the coffee collar on your Starbucks cup? Keep that sucker. It may or may not be useful. Keep writing implements everywhere. You’ll thank me later.

4) Put your name (IN SHARPIE) on important things (ex: calculator, your sacred planner book, binders, and other important stuff) More likely than not, someone will turn it into the office if it has a name on it. Better chance of getting it back.

5) Make friends. I know that sounds dumb, but make real friends. Ones that you WANT to hang out with, or just sit at home in track pants and t shirts and watch old TV reruns with. You will need them just as much as you need the planner book. If not more so.

6) Play a sport or be in the Band. It will keep you in fairly decent(ish) shape and give you something fun to do/ help you make friends. Plus it’s a great way to set goals for yourself.

7)  Don’t be afraid to wear sweats more than once a week. No one else gives a crap.

So boys and girls, I hope this is helpful. Sorry I haven’t been around much. Soon soccer will be over (Sadness) and I might have some free time to write more for you. To keep up with my crazy follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/emilymock or on pinterest http://pinterest.com/mock/ OR follow Sole Purpose and all of its glory on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DFSolePurpose

Alrighty, have a great week.