My Journey

Published on 11 August 2021 at 23:59

"If you do your best in school, you'll get there." I'm sure you've heard that phrase many times in your life. You may have said it yourself. And, of course, there is a grain of truth in it. In a society like ours, doors open more easily when you have a degree or two in your pocket.

As a little girl I always wanted to be a writer. I dreamed about it from the moment I knew what a book was. A dream that was only seen as a hobby by most adults around me. I listened. Did my best in school and got those degrees in a field where I thought I could find my eternal happiness.

I graduated as a midwife more than three years ago. A profession that really brought me a lot of joy, but it was not enough. The desire, no, the urge to write remained. Between the sleepless nights in which I assisted with the birth of dozens of babies, and the busy days in which I saw pregnant women with sometimes inexplicable complaints, I wrote. Thus, little by little, my first book was born: Desperandum. I was terrified to make my heart and soul available to the world for the first time in my life. But it tasted like more. More sleepless nights, more busy days, and about a year and a half later I released Virago on International Women's Day this year. Suddenly I realized that I was living my childhood dream: I was a writer! I had my degrees, I had a job, but my books made me happiest.

The more people read my stories, the more I got into contact with other writers. I loved sharing my experiences. But COVID came and the world was in absolute chaos. Suddenly I became aware of the transience of everything that had once seemed so important. So it happened that after a year and a half of lockdown I realized that there was more than the career I had mapped out for myself. If the past year and a half has taught me anything, it's that there is only one moment to do what you dream of: now. I therefore want to close with: "If you follow your dreams, you will get there." And I can help you with that.

- Pia Sophia


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