What keeps us going?
As FLARE: The Flagler Review encountered a fresh crop of challenges this semester, every member of staff–and especially myself–had to tap into that which inspires us and pushes us forward. Our hearts are meant for filling up, and FLARE has come to occupy a very special space in my own. And I am not the only one; judging by all the hard work our diligent, innovative staff has put in over the past few months, being a part of FLARE means something incredibly important to all of them, too. So what does keep us going? The recognition? The fame? The riches? (Just kidding–I’ll take off my star-shaped sunglasses now.) Here’s my list:
- The search for new voices and new ideas;
- The search for that poem or story that absolutely changes my world;
- The knowledge that a piece of writing can change the world;
- The desire to encourage others to share their work, to move from passivity to activity, to step outside of their comfort zones;
- The feeling I get when I send acceptance e-mails;
- The amazing people I meet in the process;
- The time I am able to share with likeminded people, who have all grown to be good friends;
- And, most importantly, the profound happiness I receive from doing and promoting what I love, so that the arts continue to grow and thrive at Flagler College.
Coffee keeps us going. Little signs of luck–the ladybug that landed on my shirt before a presentation, the penny I found on the ground on a dreary day–brighten our spirits. An encouraging text or a warm hug from a friend or family member reminds us that it is all worth it. But so do these greater ideals–the power of the written word, the power of community–fuel us; we all want to be a part of something greater than ourselves. We want to speak. We want to be heard. We want to matter. That’s what keeps us going.