I think the majority of my life would be different because writing is, essentially, a part of my personality.
I started writing at the age of twelve, and only got into it when I got into reading. Reading and writing changed everything for me because it was the only creative hobby I could identify myself with. I couldn’t dance, sing, play an instrument, draw, paint, act, or do anything else. At the time, I didn’t think I would ever find something that not only spoke to me creatively, but also gave me some peace of mind that I was at least talented at something. Of course, between the ages of twelve and sixteen, I sucked at writing but I was in the mindset that I was amazing at it (due to lack of honest feedback and feedback in general).
When I started writing, I thought I had potential to be something more. To be an artist. To be good at something whereas everyone else in my family was good at something, too (my oldest sister was good with drawing and baking, my second oldest sister was good with hairstyling and fashion, and my brother was good at playing guitar).
My love for writing bloomed into my passion for wanting to be a published author one day. Heck, it was what allowed my parents to buy me a laptop (multiple throughout the years) as I wouldn’t have one if I never began writing. I wouldn’t be the booklover I am today, owning a small growing (personal) library and working in an actual one, too.
So I think that if I didn’t get into the writing game until now, at the age of twenty-five, I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. My room wouldn’t have a desk with a bookshelf on it, or another bookshelf and a book cart. I probably wouldn’t be working in a library. And, honestly, I probably wouldn’t be happy either, since writing has helped my depression in more ways than I can describe. Heck, I probably wouldn’t even be here right now because writing got me through multiple suicidal moments throughout the years since I was thirteen. Along with being unhappy, I wouldn’t have known how far I could go with writing and with all the small achievements I’ve made over the years. I mean… I’ve written five full length novels. I’ve gained over 1,600 followers on Wattpad within the last ten years I’ve been a part of the website. I’ve gained over 40,000 views on one of my novels on Wattpad, with that same book hitting the Talent Scouts reading list (a Wattpad official profile which is no longer active). Being a Wattpad Ambassador for five years and being brave enough to apply to one of my dream jobs (working in a library)—which yes, I do count as achievements lol.
So… yeah, when I imagine getting into writing now, my life looks a lot more different than it is now. I wouldn’t know what other hobby I would sink my teeth into or do with myself with my free time. Where would I be?