Bailey McAlister, GA

Junior Writer

Bailey currently studies rhetoric and composition in Georgia State University’s English PhD program. She believes practical writing is the key to effective communication in any field. She has worked as an academic writer, technical communicator, and web content manager, and she loves to use writing to gain an understanding of a new perspective. As a writer, she encourages people to share their stories with a specific audience in mind and to use that audience to drive the focus of their story.

As a Story Terrace writer, Bailey interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.

Peak

My friendship with Laura came about by total accident. She had gotten a dog walking job over the summer and needed a walking partner; I wanted to lose weight over the summer and needed a workout partner. Thus, we started hanging out out of mere convenience.

Every night we would take the dogs up Kennesaw Mountain. Our conversations started off simple, but eventually they grew into deep, philosophical discussions. As it turned out, we actually had a lot more in common than we thought.

But the funny thing was, we never actually made it up the entire mountain. Sometimes the dogs would get too tired. Sometimes we would. Sometimes we would even walk around the trails at the bottom and never even make the climb. But we never worried about it. It was our thing. Our nightly ritual. Walk the mountain. Talk about life. Laugh about once again not making it to the top, saying we’ll get there next time.

One night, Laura brought up an interesting topic.

“I don’t wanna be like my dad,” she said. “He used to have fun when he was younger; went out, saw live music, hosted parties. Now, all he does is go to work, watch football, go to bed, and do it all over the next day. I don’t want to ever be like that. No matter what age I am, I want my life to be exciting.”

“I think that just happens,” I responded. “People hit their peak at some point in their twenties – and then it’s just all downhill from there.”

“How do we prevent that from happening then?” she asked, half to me, half to herself.

I thought about it for a few minutes. Then, I answered, “You have to just keep going up. You can’t ever stop. You can’t go downhill if there’s always an uphill goal in sight. Think about it. The people going downhill are people who have ‘good old days’ behind them. You have to just never allow the good old days to happen, never allow any checkpoint to be the ultimate goal. If you’re always going uphill, and you never reach the top, then you just…”

“Never peak,” we said simultaneously.

From then on, we never even considered making it up the mountain. We were happy just walking, enjoying our conversations, and never peaking.

And the rest is history. Sometimes, the best friendships happen by accident.

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