There’s just something so powerful about putting your thoughts to paper.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to write. I remember learning to write my name for the first time on lined paper with one of those huge #2 pencils. Like all children, I was taught to pen my first and last name, but I wanted to take it a step further and make sure that I mastered my first, middle and last name. Once I accomplished that goal, there was nothing that could stop me. And once I mastered the art of penmanship, cursive became my muse; taking me voyages of the past, present and future. As my love for writing increased, so did my love for reading — but I’ll save that adoration for another post. My thoughts have filled countless notebooks over the years, some that I’ve kept, others that have been lost or destroyed. But no matter where those pieces of paper end up, the words will forever remain with me.
If you can’t already tell, I’ve got a pretty vivid imagination. From penning short stories in elementary school, to drafting elaborate scenarios (i.e. ‘How To Lose a Best Friend’) in my high school creative writing class, I’ve always had a knack for bringing words to life — even if I’m the only one that reads them. Words entice and inspire me, and they challenge me to think beyond the brinks of reality. Writing gives me the opportunity to share (or not to share) my most inner vulnerabilities, opening up a little slice of my world of all to see. It’s an intimate art that I think we sometimes take for granted with today’s technology of texting, tweeting and Instagramming, but I hope that we soon will get back into appreciating its beauty. Being able to articulate my thoughts via pen + paper or computer have taught me so much about myself, and has allowed me to become fearless in sharing who I am with others.
Whenever a friend tells me they want to start a blog but are scared to because they don’t know what they will write about, I always ask, “What makes you so fearful of sharing your thoughts?” Typically, they are afraid that no one will read what they have to say, but I always encourage them to just take that risk and write about anything. Write about your dog, that Sunday dinner you just had with your family, your love for polka dot socks — anything! What makes writing so special is that someone can and will always relate. For those still on the fence, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. Conquer your fears and just tell your story in your own unique way.
I love the adventures I experience whenever I hold my pen to a piece of paper. The ones of self-discovery, clarity, and reflection always bring out the best of me, and for that I’m truly grateful. And just as an artist holds their brush to a blank canvas or a dancer visualizes an eight-count to a rhythm, I want to continue penning my thoughts in hopes to inspire and empower those to do the same.