As far as my own personal literacy, my mother recently told me that when I turned four, I made up my mind to read. She thought it was too early to start the process, so she told me we would learn in time. Being stubborn from the get go, I went to the grocery store with her later that day, and as she was busy shopping, I got busy asking various customers what the letters were on the signs and items in the store. Then I asked how they sounded, and finally my mom noticed my determination. So we went home and she worked with me on reading everyday from then on.
I liked how the writing student Janelle wrote of her literacy history describing her reasons for reading World War II novels to be on the same level as her mother, and I liked how this was described as a "self-translation" (Soliday 511, pg.65).
In the excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams' "Why I Write", he says "I write to make peace with the things I cannot control". This way of looking at the act of writing really spoke to me, and I feel like this "making peace" is why I put forth creative effort in various ways of my life as well.