Blog # 1 - Inspiration
by Araceli Ferrara
Over the past few days of writing, I decided to reach out to the people in my life for inspiration. I started out with my mom, who told me that I was free to talk to her about her past. I asked her certain questions over the phone due to the fact that we no longer live together. I knew what I would be asking her wouldn't be easy questions and I was nervous all day. When she started talking, I could tell that she was trying to distract herself. She was doing something else around the house while talking to me. She was okay for awhile, but when I kept talking and asking her questions, I knew I had brought up some memories that were sensitive. In that moment, I wanted more than anything to be with her in the house. I wanted to hug her. After that, I changed the topic. I talked about seeing her next and when I'd be able to go home to stay over. A few nights later, I spent a late night with my close friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my closest friends. I was writing in her room, lying on the bed with her boyfriend, while she made me a sandwich. When I asked them about my writing, I was suddenly reminded that my friend, the boyfriend, had his father leave him at a young age. When he talked about it, I watched as his girlfriend wrapped her arms around him to comfort him. My friend also comes from a Spanish background and lived in Mexico at one point in his life. Those moments with my family and my friends reminded me of where most of my inspiration comes from. I'm inspired by the people in my life to write, and I'm encouraged by those same people to go and pursue my dreams of becoming a playwright.