Career & Finance / Fulfillment

The Right to Write

I am currently employed as a public school teacher. I took up a degree in Elementary Education in college because back then, we didn’t have enough money to support my education if I were to take up MassComm or any course related to writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my present job. But deep in my heart, there is something I’ve always wanted to do…and that is TO WRITE!

I love writing poems and essays. If I have nothing to do, I write. My mother told me that when I was born, the “komadrona”  (midwife) buried my “inunan” on the ground with a paper and pencil. Now I understand. Maybe that’s just a superstition but it doesn’t matter, anyway. I just love to write. I’ve joined several writing contests as well as writing workshops to learn more about this craft.

One day, I came across this quote by Robin Hobb, “Don’t listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won’t be one of them. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them. I meet far too many people who are going to be writers someday. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do.” And true to it, my poems got included in ANI, the literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It’s the 38th Edition of the book which coincides with the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 45th anniversary.

Last October 15, 2014, the book was launched. I attended the event together with the other 70+ writers who are known in Philippine literature. I would like to give my gratitude to my mentors Sir Hermie Beltran and Dr.Luis Gamaitan for believing in me. They inspired me to write. Thank you also to my parents because even though they are both in heaven now, I know that they are happy that I have achieved my dream to become a writer.

Someday, I would like to write a script for a film or a television series, maybe. Ricky Lee, Jun Lana, and Zig Dulay are some of the scriptwriters I look up to. I would also like to write a book for children.Since I am a teacher, I have so many experiences and stories to share!

I believe that if we really want something, it is not impossible to achieve it if we believe and do our part. We all have the freedom to explore anything under the sun and become what we really want to be.

Let me end this story with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” 

About the Contributor

Mars is a public school teacher, a storyteller,a writer, a mountaineer, and a volunteer. She may look serious but lo and behold! She is a humorous speech champion from IAME Toastmasters.She loves reading,acting, and
traveling, and is a risk-taker and a lover of life. You may read her other works at

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