I am Linnea and I have been destined to be a starving artist. From a young age I began writing: poetry, novels (kinda), short stories, and anything that would get me creating. When I got to high school I fell in love with music and my creative outlets shifted towards music performance. I spent years practicing and preparing for college, and then I spent another two years gearing myself up for the professional world.
It was in my second year of college that I began having issues with chronic pain. I have always had “growing pains” but whatever was going on was moving into my wrists and hands and eventually into my teeth! After visiting three dentists and four doctors I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Not at all a death sentence, but still something that was not going away.
I spent a year struggling with chronic pain before finally deciding that a career as a professional clarinetist was not for me. I love to play and I don’t plan on giving up music, but the grueling lifestyle of a free-lance musician is not one that I will physically be able to handle.
Despite dealing with pain I found myself gravitating back to writing. I have re-discovered my joy for creating something, and I find nothing more amazing than being able to create something and let it have it’s own “life.” I know that poems and short stories are not living being, but for each person that decides to read a book it becomes part of their life for that short while. That is such an amazing thing!
I am now starting a new life plan, one that involves lots of writing, research, and making my own schedule. It is a scary thing to change one’s mind so drastically while in the midst of a receiving a college degree, but I have no regrets. I am ready to face the real world, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Let’s see what happens!