Today my first shipment of books arrived. The feeling is hard to put into words, but I would liken it to the feeling you get when you graduate from high school or land your first job. It’s the sweet sensation of triumph, the realization that despite all the difficulties and doubts, you have finally accomplished what you set out to do. It’s a moment of celebration, a moment to pat yourself on the back and say, “Wow, I actually did it.” More importantly though, it’s a moment of gratitude. Gratitude for the friend who started me on this quest. Gratitude to the parents and siblings who pushed me onward and encouraged me with their comments and good humor. Gratitude to all the people in my life who have ever shown me kindness. And finally, gratitude to you, readers. Writers write because they are burning to tell a story. They cannot contain the thoughts in their heads; rather, they must put them down on paper. Yet simply writing a story is not enough. It must be shared, told, spread, even if with only one other person. For stories are really records in an essence. They capture mankind’s triumphs, failures, joys, and sorrows and impress them on a page so that others may reflect on these things and learn from them. A society without stories really is a pathetic thing. How can anyone ever learn to see things from another’s point of view or ponder the things of the past and draw lessons from them if he doesn’t have stories to aid him? How can he hope to escape the dull tedium of life or be exposed to the vibrant riches of all the different cultures, peoples, places, and things without stories? How can he become fully educated and really learn what it is to be a man if he only remains locked up in his own small world?
Readers, this is the beauty of writing. Not only does it take you to faraway lands and let you meet strange new people and things, it also helps you grow. Every book you read, whether good or bad, will inevitably have an impact on your life. You may not see it or be conscious of it, but it will affect you. I myself can attest to the impact well written stories have on a person. I never would have been a writer if I hadn’t been exposed to good stories first.
Dear readers, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy Quest for Freedom. Even if only one person in seven billion says that they liked reading the book, that is enough. Thank you, readers, and my deepest appreciation to you all.