Honestly what is with this world and labels.
I’ve have just read someone spouting off about the amount of “so called” writers popping up. The intention of the article was that you can’t call yourself a writer unless you have been published.
Why the hell not?
If I write a piece of poetry am I not a poet unless that piece is published?
If I dance a dance am I not a dancer?
Why does payment become part of a description.
Some of the greatest composers never made a penny off their compositions.
This is not the first time I have read this kind of opinion.
I’ve heard it from the modelling world as a model should again not call herself a model unless paid to do so.
Now I’m not trying to take away from the professionals but In life but do we need to be thinking this way?
Should I be describing myself as a published writer, a published poet.
I was a writer when I was 7 years old when I handed my grandad book after book of my stories. When I made him sit through so many of my poems, when I danced around the house to songs I had written, I was a writer.
Seeing my name in print did not define me.
The act of allowing words out of my mind onto paper or through my keyboard did.
I am also a model, I wear clothes to show another.
I may not be earning the supermodel wages but heck that doesn’t take away from my description.
A lot of my friends are carers but I can promise you that they don’t see a penny from it. Does that devalue the hours of loving, supporting and bum changing they do.
When my daughter draw her first picture she was an artist. The fact that this picture was not going to hang in any gallery mattered nothing to me. To me that picture was priceless.
Please let’s not use money to define people’s worth.
Let the world be full of singers, poets, composers, writers, dancers and so many more.
The definition of another should not define you.
If it does then I’m sorry because that says more about you than them.
Your definition should be whoever you want it to be.
You are the author of your own story.
The artist of your own design.