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  • Cherrie Ann


"A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it." Roald Dahl

HELLO LOVELY! Can you recall the moment you knew you could read?

I was 5 years of age and it was my first day of Year 1. All my peers and I filed into our new classroom to discover each desk labelled with fluorescent green tape adhered to the top corner with a name written in thick, black permanent marker. I was excited to recognize my name and names of my friends.

Reading quickly turned into writing and writing turned into a personal tool for communication. My best friends and I wrote letters back and forth to each other daily, often 3 or 4 times a day. I can't recall what we wrote about, why we had so much to write about or where we found the time to write at least 3 or 4 pages at a time during lessons. {Probably why I wasn't "applying myself in class"}

What I do know is those letters took on a life of their own, graduating from lead pencil to fruit scented, pastel coloured ink on pastel coloured paper, decorated with stickers and origami style folding, all filled with whatever was important to us at the time.

Writing notes and letters was my thing but those slowly faded away to nothing until I burst into the online chat scene.

Instead of writing letters, I spent my single mum nights engaged in a chat room with hundreds of people from all around the world, writing imaginary interactions that went far beyond sitting in front of a computer.

Bringing people along for a ride into my imagination was some of the most exhilarating, liberating moments of my life so far. Sadly, those energetic interactions faded away too.

Over the years I've come to realise that writing is a gift that allows me to express myself and connect with people, largely why I chose to write a blog. It was time to expand my horizons again.

An origami letter folding video for your fun. {I'm so tempted}

Question - What are your talents? Do you use them or are they laying dormant?