Sweeter Than Fiction

I like reading books and going to different worlds even just for a while. I like getting in the character’s shoes, feeling all the emotions s/he goes through, and getting a deserved happy ending. This book-reading habit of mine is something I carried over to my teen years, and this led me to writing fan fiction and original stories as well. In my penned works, it’s always like this: the protagonist undergoes a hard time, but it all ended with getting love at the end and also a happy life.

But in real life, it’s not always a happy ending. It’s like problems and trials last longer than they should, and things don’t always go your way. Life can suck, but you know what? You have the power to create the life you want, even if it’s not always sunshine and rainbows all the time.

I listened to “Sweeter Than Fiction” by Taylor Swift, and the vibe of the song really went out to me. In a nutshell, you will encounter many obstacles, but you have it in you to overcome and succeed, along with the love and support of people around you.

I’ve always been an escapist, especially during my first year of college, that I didn’t went out that much and just cooped in my dorm room. College was a whole new world for me, and I couldn’t get past the feeling of leaving my comfort zone at home to embark on a new world. The first few months were harrowing for me. I didn’t had any friends and I thought people didn’t liked me. So I just studied, read books, wrote fanfics, and lived a boring life.

Until one day, I couldn’t take it anymore and I cried hard. My dorm mate saw me crying, and she went over to comfort me. She said she was also like that during her first year of college, until she realized what a sucky life she’s been living. So she joined a club, did the things she wants to do, and made friends along the way.

It took me a while to go out of my shell, but looking back now, I’m glad I made the efforts, no matter how awkward and painful it may seem. I’m now active in our writing guild and poetry club, and I now found a few friends whom I share my joys and trials with.

Sometimes, you just have to close the book and make your own life story. It’s good to read, but even better, it’s good that you can rewrite your own life story and make it sweeter than fiction.

P.S. Here’s the song, by the way.