Writing has always been a great way for me to express my emotions. Whether I am happy, sad, angry, depressed, disappointed or feeling overwhelmed by the things I see & hear every day, writing became a safe outlet for me to let it all out. My tears and joys became words and suddenly I feel better.
Writing may sound easy (although it really is), but finding the right words to use can also become a struggle. Some of the things that worry me are offending someone, being too honest about my personal life, or delivering the wrong impression of me as a person.
I write anyway.
I write because it allows me to think before I speak. Speaking sometimes causes me to spit out useless & stupid words that even I myself don’t understand.
I write because no one watches me. I get to be who I really am. Think about it this way: You come home after a long day of work, you sit in your sofa, eat your favorite junk food while you watch the best comedy series AKA Big Bang Theory, wink! 😉 That’s how comfortable I am when I write. It feels like taking off that tight bra I’ve been wearing all day long and finally letting my breast breathe.
I don’t have to worry about someone judging my body language or criticizing my pronunciation when I write. No one can interrupt me and I get to decide who I should talk to and when I can talk.
I write because I get to explain things better than when I speak. I can properly use an exclamation mark, I can confirm through google if the information I’m sharing is correct, and I’m able to learn something new all the time.
Anne Frank said it perfectly, “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a professional writer at all. Far from it actually. But you don’t always have to be an expert in writing to share your story. The real essence of writing is this: being able to share your story. No one else can write your story, but you.
Some people think that writing is a special gift – I agree. Writing is a gift for many reasons but especially because it allows us to leave a part of ourself behind. Even after you’ve moved on from hurt, even after many years have passed, the words you wrote will still be there. Such a special gift!
Writing makes me feel like a superhuman.
But if writing makes someone feel this good, why do some people don’t do it more often?
There are quite a lot of reasons but one main reason is the fear of being criticized. I have felt that fear myself. And every once in awhile I still feel it. But you have to understand that writing is not always for other people – writing is mainly for yourself. You write in your own terms, you use your own words, develop your creativity, realize your imagination. It’s actually similar to life itself. Just like life, you get to look at things from a different perspective through writing.
I would like to encourage you to write more often. Ignore the grammar – you can get back to that later. Keep a journal with you, share your thoughts in your Facebook wall, put a long caption for that selfie you took, do not be afraid to be your fabulous self. It doesn’t matter if you are 100 years old – every one of us has a story to tell.
If you have a story or an opinion to share, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to publish your story in my blog so that other people can hear your story too and be inspired. Looking forward to hearing from you!