From Wikipedia - Anne Frank - Quote:
"Frank aspired to become a journalist, writing in her diary on Wednesday, 5 April 1944:"
"I finally realised that I must do my schoolwork to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent..."
"And if I don't have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can't imagine living like Mother, Mrs van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to!"
"I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that is inside me!"
"When I write, I can shake off all my cares. My sorrows disappear, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great? Will I ever become a journalist or a writer?"
Anne Frank continued writing regularly until her last entry of 1 August 1944 - it was quoted at the end of this interesting piece.
For those of you who know me personally, you would know exactly why this piece resonated with me so much, because I had also harboured thoughts of one day becoming a journalist; if not an ordinary writer - writing for those I'd never met - and to bring enjoyment to those who would read what I wrote.
Whilst I never did make it as a journalist, I did at least make it as an ordinary writer - writing articles for various magazine and newspaper publications, until I eventually found the courage to write my memoir, which when it does eventually become published I also hope that I can also "go on living even after my death" in the written words of my memoir, as it has done so for Anne Frank in her published diary: The Diary of Anne Frank - long after her untimely death in 1944 and forever...
Happy writing everyone
Heather Golding - Author (c) 6 April, 2015