Yesterday I felt like a fraud. I woke you with plans of writing until my fingers cramped up, but instead, I threw myself somewhat of a pity party. A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about being happily single for the holidays, and in the moment that I wrote the article, it was true. And for the most part it is still true. The last thing I want is to be in a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship. But I must admit, on days like yesterday, I missed my ex. Whenever I was feeling down, he was the person that I turned to, and he always shared words of encouragement to make me feel better. I referred to him as my own motivational speaker. And even though we are still “friends” we don’t talk very often, and sometimes that makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong, I know we would have eventually driven each other crazy if we’d stayed together just because we thought that was the right thing to do. So since I can’t turn to him, I’ll turn to God more and you all. Writing always makes me feel better. And yesterday a friend of mine shared a status that its nice to know that sometimes you aren’t the only person in the world facing trails, because we are all human, and none of us are perfect. As I feel my spirits begin to lift, I’ll bring this post to a close, and as one of all my all time favorite song’s, Smile by Charlie Chaplin, says I’ll keep on smiling because my life really is worth while.
Published by Ariel Driskell
I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. And being born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, as the third of four girls, I quickly learned the art of communication. However, it was my interest in both how the mind works and my ability to easily connect with people from all walks of life, connection to people, that led me to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where I studied psychology. With my B.S. earned, and my interest piqued, I began working professionally in the world of higher education, where I furthered my appreciation, respect and perspective on the benefits of assisting others on achieving their goals and dreams. Still, I consistently pursued my love of writing. In October 2012, I left Florida for Atlanta, Georgia to pursue my writing and a career in film. In 2013, I published my first novel, A Life Less Interrupted, which is available for purchase on Amazon. And in April of 2017, I wrote and produced my first short film, “Angela’s Awakening,” a riveting short film directed by Tay M. Johnson and produced by me. Talented actress Tamika Shannon (Build a Boo) stars opposite the dynamic Anthony Dalton (Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Paynes, Saints & Sinners) to portray Angela’s battle with depression. After a crushing layoff, her life spirals out of control, and Angela is willing to risk it all to find happiness again. The film was designed as conversation piece to promote awareness and elevate our community’s consciousness around issues related to mental health. I believe in using the art of storytelling to share my perspectives on life and love with hope and humor. It is my mission in life to make the world a better place one story at a time. View all posts by Ariel Driskell