By: Connor Lenahan
Last night I was talking to my friend Alessandra Cirillo when I mentioned I had written a film script for my COM 201 class. I had emailed it to her because I figured she might enjoy it. She did. Then she commented that she could hear my voice when she was reading the script. She hadn’t realized this was the biggest compliment I can be given about my writing.
When I write these articles, I write them off the top of my head. I write them in a stream of consciousness. I write just like I talk. At least, that’s what I try to do. I never want to pretend to be someone I’m not. I never want to claim expertise in something I am clueless about. This wouldn’t feel right to me. I wouldn’t like attaching my name to something I felt was dishonest.
I want to represent who I am. I always try to do this when I’m writing. Occasionally it can be problematic, as in the case of almost every academic paper I’ve ever penned. I might make a grammatical error or use the passive voice, but that’s simply who I am. I’d rather be me than pretend to be someone else.
So when people like Alessandra or my dad, who has made the same comment to me multiple times, tell me they can hear my voice I am proud. I feel like I’m being honest. I feel like I’m talking as me. This has been a largely therapeutic experience for me.
When I can talk about my frustrations tied to Osteogenesis Imperfecta or share my excitement over a concert with people it makes me happy. I feel refreshed. I feel open. I feel like me. I don’t hide much. I’ve never found it beneficiary to do so. I get joy out of trading stories. I highly recommend doing it more. It makes life more special.
You’re always going to get me. I will always show up as me. Happy or sad, rain or shine. This blog is how I live. It’s the best decision I’ve made in some time. It’s never been a chore for me. I love writing. That’s why I’ve done it every day this year. Today is the 101st day in a row. We aren’t stopping anytime soon.
Thanks for reading as always. I hope you’ve enjoyed me rambling as if I were in the room,
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at email@example.com