Speaking About Never Giving Up On Your Dreams And Making A Commitment To Seeing Hope And Light
"I’ve been writing stories since I was very young. I’m an introvert and writing is an important form of self-expression to me; it’s how I share my deepest feelings and experiences of life. When I was a teenager I kept a diary in which I wrote poems and stories. Today, writing is equally important to me and I write whenever I can.
In university, I wrote a paper on journalistic ethics. I understood early on the responsibility that comes with storytelling. I’m extremely grateful for the trust of the people that I interview, as I know that they’re sharing with me some of the most important and powerful things they have in life – their stories. I feel it’s my responsibility to be the guardian of these stories and to use them in a fair and empowering way."
"I started Looking for Heroes after a few years of applying for journalism internships in television. I studied journalism as a university degree and I knew that what I wanted to do was to write about people. I never got an internship, so I decided to use social media to fulfil my dream and stop waiting for someone to say yes to me.
At the time I was also struggling with depression. Looking for Heroes was my way of rebelling against negativity, and making a commitment to seeing hope and light. In a very big way, it was my own struggle that inspired me to start the project. Some of the biggest battles we all fight are within ourselves; the battles that no one else can see. In my most difficult moments I would look at the work I was doing and it gave me a reason to fight.
In what ways has Looking for Heroes changed things for me? It made me realise that I can never give up on myself or my dreams and that, with a big dose of resilience and persistence, dreams can come true."
"I’ve learned to live by this simple truth: Don’t wait for the right moment, don’t wait until you’re ready. I wasn’t ready when I stopped the first stranger on the street and asked them for an interview. I was scared, but I did it anyway. I wasn’t ready when I started talking about suffering from depression; I still don’t feel ready. I am scared, but I’ve learned to not give in to fear and to push myself to be the person I want to be. Every single day.
The most important realisation I’ve had in my life, and this is something that I constantly remind myself of, is: I will not be here forever. I believe that we all have a responsibility to live our lives to the fullest and to follow our own paths. I very often ask myself: What would you do if this was the last day of your life? This helps me remember that I don’t have all the time in the world and motivates me to keep running towards my dreams.
Always follow your heart. It knows the right way to go."
Read more from the interview with KING and why here.