Celebrating Diversity Amongst Bloggers — Post 13

Post 13 — unlucky for some — comes from Elm. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that elm and I are excellent friends, both online and, like, in this terrifying place called The real world. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it; it’s pretty obscure TBH. Elm is wonderful, and I urge you to check out her blog if you haven’t already.

In a barely lit room, an interviewer sat, drumming their fingers on the table meant for two. They were impatient; it seemed like every time they set up an interview with this person, they were slightly late each time. With a sigh of relief as she came through the door, the interviewer beckoned her to a seat. Remembering, suddenly, that she was blind, they verbally indicated where she might sit. With her hands awkwardly placed in her lap, she leaned forward a little as the interview began.

Interviewer: Hello there!

Elm [laughing nervously]: Hi – sorry I’m late! I hope you don’t mind too much… I’ll attempt to be better next time-

Interviewer: No no, don’t worry about it. Let’s get this started.

Elm: Yeah, that’d probably be a good idea!

Interviewer: So, like, who are you?

Elm: I’m Elm, a (currently) 18-year-old girl who lives in England. I’m also blind – not totally; I can see some contrasts and outlines but that’s about it.

Interviewer: What do you actually do with your life?

Elm: I mean I suppose you could call me a student. I recently finished A-Levels and so I’m not actually studying anything at the moment but next year, I’m going to a residential college for the visually impaired for a year to learn how to function – I mean, to learn independence, mobility and things like that. I used to study History, English and Psychology at A-Level.

Interviewer: What kinds of things do you like doing?

Elm: Well- I really like English-

Interviewer: No, for fun. You know, when you’re not doing anything for school.

Elm: I was getting onto that! Because I love English, I adore reading and talking about books; I also love singing – I suppose you’d call me musical, if you were being generous. Writing is something I’m really passionate about – I’ve run an online blog for 3 years and it’s one of my favourite things in the whole world. I also love acting and have become quite involved with it recently.

Interviewer: This blog of yours – tell me more about it. Do you want to carry it on to the future?

Elm: I’d really like to, yes. It’s a ‘lifestyle’ blog which involves me screaming about my life and broadcasting my musings to my (unfortunate) readers. I set it up to help myself and others and as my mental health isn’t improving as much, I want to use it as an outlet as well as a safe place. Investing time into it never feels like a chore because if it did, I’d stop for a bit. I love it and want to continue to write, either earning money from it at some point if I can or just being as dedicated to it and my readers as possible.

Interviewer: If not blogging, then what would you like to do?

Elm: [frowning]: Hmm, well, I’m thinking of studying English Lit at university, if I get the grades on Results’ Day. I’d go to university after my year at the college. After that, I’m not really sure – perhaps working in a publishing house or writing for a magazine… I don’t know. I know i’d like to have the creative arts like writing or music in my life for the future.

Interviewer: You don’t sound that enthusiastic about it. [At a slight glare from Elm] Well, you don’t! What would you really like to do?

Elm [thinking]: To be honest, I’m not sure. Sometimes, I don’t feel quite right in any career that others think would be good for me. after a recent experience of filming and acting, I’d love to pursue that in later life – I’m not sure how viable it is but I’m signed up to an agency and I really want to try. Being a writer or actress would make my life feel creative but again, I don’t know exactly how to get there if that makes any sense?

Interviewer: That sounds interesting. Do you have any hopes, or dreams?

Elm: Apart from going into writing or acting as a full-time career, I just want to help people as much as possible. That’s why I love blogging so much, as well as talking to people. Acting and working on set helped me to meet some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, who really inspired me to continue to spread positivity when I could, so I want to carry on doing that in whatever line of work I eventually get involved in.

Interviewer: Thanks so much for talking to me. I hope you have a really lovely day!

Elm: Thank you! It was really interesting to talk about my life with you.

As Elm left, the interviewer frowned slightly. They might have to edit some of the things she said but it seemed like Elm didn’t have as much direction to her life as some other people they’d met. Then again, that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Picking up their pen and notebook, they wandered out, still thinking.

Blog: justelm.com
Twitter: @TheOtherElm

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