Someone once asked me what I was going to do with my life and when I said writing, they asked me how that would help people. I don’t remember what I said, but I remember feeling annoyed. They seemed skeptical that I was doing anything worthwhile, and I remember feeling like you don’t get it, you don’t even read books.
But I also thought that maybe they had a point. Some people want to cure cancer, and I just wanted to write novels. It seemed kind of frivolous.
I don’t think it is though. I think the stories you are exposed to, whether through books, movies, or real life, determine the way you think about your life and ultimately what sort of person you become.