Publishing a book is not something you just do. Or at least that’s what most of us thought until the beginning of last Spring. Christine didn’t even know if we could do it. On the other hand, we were all excited to take on such an extra-ordinary task. Looking back, the idea of failing was never really brought up after that one warning in the first class. Most of us never even thought we would fail. Ultimately I believe this is because we all were asked to write about something that we were enthusiastic about, something we truly believed in. We had complete freedom to express our ideas, our passions, our emotions. And with room for such transparency there was no way we wouldn’t make it. As my parents have always told me whenever I have faced a challenge: be yourself and you’ll be fine.
However, the road to success was by no means easy. Just like everything else in our lives, there were some obstacles and challenges. However, the interesting part about this particular experience was that no one had the answer to our problems. We were all in this for the first time. Ultimately this was an obstacle in itself. Still, the fact that there was no fixed solution meant we had the freedom to do everything our own way. One word that could be used to describe this book is “genuine”. We expressed our ideas how we thought they would best be transmitted to others. If you can, imagine taking on a project where within the set rules our possibilities were infinite. We only had a time deadline to express what’s inside of us. While this might seem abstract, it means that there is infinite space for creativity. There are no boundaries for what can be done. As a group we came together and defined what was important to us, what we believed in, and what we wanted to see change in our world. That was our inspiration. And that was in the back of our mind whenever we were writing.