Feeling heard is essential

July 16, 2013

By Salma Mahmoud

I’ve always had a thing for writing. I’m in love with the seemingly nonexistent boundaries to whatever thoughts happen to peruse my brain. I’ve been lucky enough to write for The Beat this year, and it’s been an honor for which I’ll always be grateful.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Our Sunday morning meetings are the best — getting to bounce ideas back and forth with some of the kindest and most talented young writers the area has to offer, and well as learning to explore new writing styles that will inevitably be part of our lives in years to come.

I think my favorite part of this experience has been feeling heard and important. My parents have gotten several comments from coworkers and friends, usually along the lines of, “I read your daughter’s article in The Press last week” or “It’s good to see the youth involved in things like this.” As if writing alone, for pleasure, weren’t enough — the recognition makes it all the more worthwhile. Coming from someone who spends a large amount of time maintaining a literary blog online, I can honestly say that feeling heard is essential. And that’s what The Beat has done for me this year.

So, to everyone who has given me article ideas, let me interview them for a Teen Talk, or even just read one of my articles: Thank you. Your unrelenting support has made all the difference and continues to inspire me as a writer each day. Here’s to another great year.


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