Hello, everyone! My name’s Jennifer and I’m interning here at Parables & Books for the summer. A little bit about myself: I attend Bowling Green State University and will be graduating this upcoming December, so I’m in the homestretch of my college career. I’m majoring in creative writing and minoring in film. One day, I want to write and publish a novel and would love to write a screenplay for a movie or television show.
When I was told that I was going to be writing a blog post on my first day of work, I thought what better way than to talk about inspiration for dreams. You know how in life, you have those random moments of clarity? All of a sudden, you’ll hear a certain song lyric, quote, or watch a movie or TV show and just know something; something that was there all along, but it didn’t make sense until that second.
This past April, my favorite television show, One Tree Hill, ended its ninth and final season. While many of you may not be able to relate to the show itself, I’m sure that something has a strong impact on you, something that no one else understands like you do or has the connection that you have. Maybe it helped get you through a tough time, or helped you understand something better, or maybe it just gave you that hour of escape you needed from the world once a week. Maybe it just gave you something to look forward to.
When I was thirteen, I didn’t have many friends in school and I was bullied and made fun of a lot. In the beginning, One Tree Hill was that escape for me, a way to feel accepted in another world where my problems were played out before me. I finally understood that someone, somewhere felt the same way that I did. It made me feel like I could not only survive, but thrive and be whatever I wanted to be.
OTH affected me in a way that made me want to be a writer more than anything. To be able to write something that could inspire anyone to stand up for him or herself and always hope for the best. To know that “they’re not just a survivor, but a warrior.” This is what inspires me daily, not only to push forward, but also to know that maybe one day, I’ll be able to save someone’s life like this show saved mine.