I sense that the winds are about to change in my life. I’ve let go of college Leanne and can’t wait to discover who real-world-working-adult Leanne is. My core is still the same, of course, but I feel like in order to fully embrace the new chapter in my life, it’s time to retire Collegeveganista. I mean come on, the word “college” is in the title.
I loved college and after graduating went through a period of denial and withdrawal. I just wanted to go back, living on the same campus as my friends, staying up late, going out on the weekdays, living off money that wasn’t mine, and existing in a bubble, separated from the outside world. But alas, I’ve graduated. My four years are over and I need to learn to appreciate that, not pretend I’m still a college student.
Blogging on Collegeveganista has been amazing. I discovered new things about myself, like the passions for adapting recipes or sharing my type 1 diabetes story. I’d like to thank everyone who has visited the site. I still can’t believe anyone would ever care about what I have to say. So , thank you for listening, commenting, and coming back time and time again.
Now that I am crossing blogging off my list of hobbies, I’m looking forward to dedicating more time to other interests. I’ve been writing a novel since February and with a goal of finishing it by January, I need to get going on it. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fictional characters in my book. I love crafting their stories and shaping their identities. Most of all, I enjoy speculating on how other people will receive these characters. Will they root for them, hate them, identify with them?
I saw The Amazing Spider-Man a couple weeks ago (actually I’ve seen it twice) and kept thinking about Peter Parker and how many people get wrapped up in his story. Sure, Spider-Man is obviously a hero, but Peter Parker is the greater hero in my eyes. He’s the boy that was uprooted from his family, displaced into living with his aunt and uncle, and despite such hardship, grew into a kind, hard-working young man. He did well in school. He stood up for what was right. Most importantly, his heart was the size of the planet. Just like Bruce Wane sees The Batman as only a mask in The Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man is the same way. Spider-Man is every justice-seeking, hard-working, brave individual.
These fictional heroes become real in a sense. Their legends live on in the real world. I look at Peter Parker and I feel inspired. He faced so much adversity in high school–being bullied, losing his uncle, discovering who he was as a person–and he persevered despite those obstacles. I admit that as I step into the next chapter of my life, I look to these fictional figures for inspiration, hope, and comfort. Their bravery transcends the movie screen or comic book.
My point through all this talk of Spider-Man, is that as I writer I hope that my characters share some of those virtues. I’m not writing of superheroes, but I’m writing of everyday people that do tiny heroic acts. I strive to write stories that will captivate readers because they care about the characters on the page. It’s a lot to live up to and a lot of pressure, especially since I guess you could consider me an inexperienced, young writer.
But as I say goodbye to you now, I’m filled with hope and optimism. I feel that I’m on the cusp on something exciting. Thanks again for visiting Collegeveganista and thank you to Spider-Man for giving me the courage to follow my heart.