The interview with Austin Smith was quiet the experience. It was really interesting to hear his answers to our questions and see how he thinks and what some of his thoughts were. Before this year I had the notion that poets were all wise sages that have spent their lives reading books and thinking deep thoughts about life or teenagers expressing their angst . Now actually meeting several poets and having a few as my teaches I can say this notion has been deconstructed. Poets come in all forms and are actually relatable. The next thing I got out of Austin’s visit is that success in life comes from following your passion. He simply wrote and wrote because he loved to write and it has made him happy. He mite not be world famous or a millionaire, but he doesn’t need to be. I have a desire to be a writer but I’m afraid that I wouldn’t be able to come up with any good ideas or be smart enough to articulate my writings in a meaningful manner. Hearing him talk has laid these fears to rest as he is not exceptionally smart and the inspiration he gets simply comes from him doing what he loves and thinking about the world. I just need to find my passion and follow it. Then the world will fit itself into place for me. Do any of you also relate to this?