Today I am thankful for my degree. I know I’ve already said I was thankful for my education, but this is specifically about my English degree. I have had a love/hate relationship with this field of study and I’ve had to explain my decisions time and time again to people who don’t see the value in my degree. But today, I started to realize that people value what I have to say about their writing. And more importantly, I love that people trust me enough to read what they write.
I think the fact that I am a writer myself adds to my credibility as an editor. I’ve had multiple people come to me and ask my opinion about their writing, and while most of the time I see it as just a friend helping a friend, I’m learning to stop belittling my knowledge and education. I am by no means an expert and I wouldn’t even consider the knowledge I possess “expertise” but I have been published twice and was hired as a blogger for a temporary position. That’s worth something and I need to own it.
I am thankful for the people who come to me with writing and for allowing me into their world. And of course, for all of my loyal readers. Without you, this would just be another online diary.