THEIR LIVES AND MINE: WHY DO PEOPLE’S LIVES MY AGE SEEM MORE INTERESTING THAN MY OWN

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“I wonder if they are ahead or am I just paranoid.”


You ever get the feeling like everyone is doing more than what you are doing? Like their lives are more interesting than your own life. I will go onto the internet and scope out the people in my age group who are getting married and buying their starter homes. Or, looking at their snapshots of them on vacation. But my life has taken a different turn. My interest has no real pathway to take and you can land in your position at any moment. And that goal that I am pursuing is a writing career. It takes years and years of consistent writing, but hopefully it works out.

And see, hopefully is the word of the day. Most people don’t set out to pursue a career in what they really want to do because of the fear they’ll never make it in life. No one want to set out to attain something just to be disappointed in the end. You work at your craft, all the while people your age are seeming to be doing something much more interesting than yourself. They go out to bars and nightclubs, and take on monogamous relationships. But if you’re traveling an unconventional road, you may not be able to take part in too much fun. Especially early on in your career pursuit.

Well why, why can you not take pleasure in your youthful activities like everyone else? And the reason being, when you go to school to become a doctor, engineer, lawyer, academic, or any other profession, you have somewhat of a path. Unconventional careers like screenwriting, playwright, author, and blogger don’t really have a path. Of course there are people who provide you with how they did it, but that is just how it worked for them. You have to take their advice and carve out a way to make life work now for you. September 20th will mark my 30th birthday, and I don’t feel like the average guy my age, but I’m not willing to give up my pursuit.

You would think a guy my age would be doing the typical things everyone else is doing. But, I don’t want to get married or have children. I’m not interested in buying my first starter home, nor do I want to indulge in partying on the weekends. So for me, pursuing my career choice is easy to the extent where I can focus on this one thing. There are moments I walk pass the bars in New York City and see people my age engaging with each other, But I made my mind up that I wanted to be a great writer. I wake up and on days I’m not working I am blogging. Then I write for draft of my second novel and short stories book. But let’s not forget my screenwriting and filmmaking.

And the only reason I added filmmaking is because there are projects I genuinely want to do myself. So what now, I have a long road ahead of me. Most guys my age are focusing on long term relationships as well as women who are seeking husbands for marriage. But I am already thinking about film, theatre, and book ideas for the next few years to a nearly a decade from now. In the end, I really don’t know what the average guy my age is doing because I am so focused on my own goals. I’m pretty sure they’re having a social life and dating. As for me, I would much rather utilize my time pursuing what I love than fitting into what the crowd is doing.


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SHORT STORY COLLECTION: MY SHORT STORIES

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“Explaining my path in life.”

Around the month of May in the year 2015, I began to start writing my first novel and my first book of short stories. Now that it is February of  2017, I have both books published through Amazon.com. The short stories book is on kindle and paperback with the novel on kindle. The name of the short stories book is Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection; and the novel is The Boy Who Could Talk To God. My collection of 17 short stories comprise of a central character going through his/her daily lives, as well as how we ask ourselves questions. Questions pertaining to life ranging from stress & anxiety, to the feeling of hope & compassion.

As far as the novel, The Boy Who Could Talk To God, is about the life of a young boy who experiences a phenomenon in a city park. While chasing after a dove, he found himself at the site f a bush. Not just any bush, yet a burning bush. The bush ignited and that’s when the boy (Tyler) first spoke to God. All throughout the book he conversed with God, as God aided him through his daily life. His parents were always chastising him for his lack of responsibility. Theresa, his mother, was always talking up God into existence, while his father (Greg) tttlacked faith. Theresa struggled in her job, yet leaned toward the bible to uplift herself. On the other hand his father hated his job, hated his life, and never was into God.

As the story progressed, Tyler went from a young immature boy, to more of a mature young male. The question that still needs to be answered is this. How will the story ultimately end? Will he make a full transformation from being a troublesome boy to an all academic and remain that way? Or, will he digress back into his immature ways?

My stories all incorporate a little bit of myself into the story. Whether it is a short story about a particular topic. Or, if the story is about a central character that must overcome some daily struggle. You may ask why, why would I place myself into these stories. Because when you have so many emotions going through your body, how do you explain them. Sometimes, I have a hard time verbally getting my point across, so I write.

In the end, I am already starting my next short story book. There will be fewer stories, yet they will be longer short stories. In addition, I will be starting my next novel real soon as well. Most likely the next short story book will be out before this years end and I will keep everyone posted. Below are links to my books and projects I am currently working on.

 

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