Start by learning to recognise what interests you.
Most people have been taught that what they notice doesn’t matter,
So they never learn how to notice,
Not even what interests them.
Or they assume that the world has been completely pre-noticed,
Already sifted and sorted and categorised
By everyone else, by people with real authority.
And so they write about pre-authorised subjects in pre-authorised language.*
You know what I’m gong to say:
You don’t have to be a writer for these words to lead you into your future.
When you notice what you are noticing and give expression to this, you are forming the path you must walk.
*Verlyn Klinkenborg, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: An act of perpetual self-authorisation.