Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dear Writing


Dear Writing,

As a non-verbal way of communication, you allow people to talk without talking, express without saying, and converse without speaking.  Which is why I love to write, because I'm nowhere near as articulate and coherent in person as I am in writing.  In addition to serving a remedy for my social anxiety, here are my #TopTen reasons why I love to write:

10. To make use of an English degree.  Or to pretend that the four-year university tuition to earn one was worthwhile, because twenty years later I am writing for free.  But I recently read this New York Times article on The Decline and Fall of the English Major, and couldn't help but feel a little sad about what lifelong gifts young men and women could have acquired had they chosen a major in the humanities.  #ProudEnlgishMajor

9.  To play around with words.  There is so much fun in experimenting with the different ways words can be strung together to make a point.  For example, I can say I love to write.  Or I can say I thrive on the process of making my thoughts intentional and indelible.  Or I can say Writing is as vital as the air I breath to survive, the nourishment I need to subsist, and the love I crave to live.  Or, simply, Writing. Delighting.  #EndlessPossibilities

8.  To practice a discipline.  Any discipline necessitates intent and perseverance.  Writing cultivates a habit of introspection, organization, and synthesis.  Having written consistently and routinely for two years now, I actually feel and own an achievement that I'm proud of.  Knowing that I can persist also means that writing will likely remain a permanent part of the rest of my life.  #FocusStriveAspire

7.  To document Moments in our lives.  I was never into scrapbooking--one, because we've stopped printing out photos (the digital age has invisibly stored all photos on an object called a hard drive) and I'm too cheap to buy scrapbooking knick knacks; and two, because there's always a story behind a two dimensional picture.  Those Moments, recalled with words, have much more depth than an album of "things we did."  Undoubtedly, when I'm old and gray and can't remember a thing, I'll be reflecting back on these Life Moments through my own writing.  #WhoWhatWhenWhereWhyHow

6.  To acquire therapy.  I cannot tell how many times writing has helped with easing my mind and organizing thoughts when faced with adversity.  Be it personal, parenting, or social issues, getting my thoughts down in writing has been vastly therapeutic.  The blogging community has also been such an awesome sanctuary that who needs a therapist?  #UrgeToPurge

5.  To enjoy being the Grammar Freak that I am.  It literally hurts my eyes to read an "it's" when it's supposed to be an "its."  I pray to the Grammar Gods that it was just an honest mistake and try to carry on.  That is not to say that I never make any mistakes; I'm sure I have my share as well--honest mistakes, of course.  Oftentimes I have trouble with subject-verb agreements, and I'm a stickler for certain punctuation rules that have evolved over time.  For example, I will always use the Oxford comma, and I will always--not-so-honest mistakenly--put two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence (which is supposedly obsolete thanks to modern typography).  #OutdatedGrammarPolice

4.  To share and know that we are not alone.  Being in a community makes us feel included.  The little circle of friends I have made on the blogosphere shows me that I am a part of shared experiences that matter.  I can talk about the been-there-done-thats, and read about the roll-up-sleeves-to-get-ready-fors.  We learn from each other, and we also teach one another.  #SharingIsCaring

3.  To have a voice.  Writing allows me to express my opinions and impart my personality in a more rational, intelligible manner.  What better way to opine one's point of view when one cannot bear to speak in public?  #Utter-lyAssertive

2.  To get better at it.  If I currently have one goal for writing, this would be it.  I want to improve.  It feels like it has gotten easier--words come to mind faster and with more accuracy, and thoughts are more organized and have better flow.  I even daresay that I've gotten a teensy bit faster, too.  It's normal to wince when one reads one's earlier writings, right?  #WhatWasIThinking?

1.  To express Gratitude.  Writing about the Everyday reminds me to never take things for granted.  It helps me remember the reasons why I should give back, be kind, say thank you, embody grace, manifest character, show integrity, protect the earth, have compassion, and embrace tolerance.  Because the Path of Gratitude leads to Happiness.  #ThanksGivingAllYearLong


Dare I now call myself a writer?  Well, if I fit the writer stereotype--introvert, coffee lover, night owl, often feeling like a social misfit--then, I probably can call myself a writer.  Or better yet, I am a writer because I love to write.  There, I said it.  I am Writer.  (It's only taken took two years; I told you I'm slow.)

So, Dear Writing, am I ever glad we reunited since forever ago.  Writing for fun as a kid was great; writing for grades in school--not so much.  But now, writing for free myself and having people enjoy it has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things for me in the past two years.  Who knows?  I may even get caught up and re-learn the rules of typography as I continue this writing business.  But if you ever meet me in person, expect that my smile will serve in place of conversing because I'm a writer not a talker.

Sincerely,
Me

12 comments:

  1. Love it. You are a writer. A great one. I do hope that someday soon you will write for more than just free. :)

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    1. Wow, Susi, that's quite a compliment! Thank you so much! . I'm not quite sure where writing will take me, but I'm in it for the fun, too. I am really grateful for your kind words! :)

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  2. I love your pic--very creative!

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    1. Thanks, Asianmommy! This pic was taken for a photo-challenge I did a while back. I like it so much that I wanted to use it for this blog, too. :-)

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  3. You are a write. I am a reader. Perhaps that is why we mesh so well. :)

    I love, love, love this list.

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    1. I love, love, love your readership. Really, I am very thankful for you, Cindy. Keep on meshing, us! Thank you!

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  4. You certainly write more formally than me! I write in more vernacular style. Nevertheless, I appreciate you keeping up your passion of writing and the discipline needed to do it. I agree that blogging is very therapeutic and the more you do it, the better you get at it.

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    1. Well, Lisa, you're an old pro at blogging compared to me! We do get better, don't we?! That's really all I ask for, and I love all the other perks that come with. I know I've learned a lot from you, so thanks, my blogging friend! :-)

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  5. YESSSSS! You are a writer and you write very well. I understand your reasons for blogging and writing. Practice makes one better at what he/she already does very well. Speaking for myself, I know I have improved since I started blogging more than a year ago. The writing prompts and the feedback from friends like you helped me a lot.

    Thank you for your well-written and well-thought out pieces. :-)

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    1. Oh, my dear Imelda, thank you so much! I'm so glad you understand this writing passion! You write so well that I'm surprised that you hadn't started blogging way earlier than "more than one year ago"! I'm not sure about well-thought out in my writing; I think they're more thought-to-death writing, as it takes me a LONG, long time to write a post. Sometimes I think I waste too much precious time on this, but it is what it is. Thank you again and again!

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  6. You are a great writer, and your personality comes through in your posts. I can relate to many of your points. (I don't have an English degree, and I cringe to think of the grammatical/punctuation errors I probably make that irritate the Grammar Freak in you :)) Even though I'm far from perfect, it drives me bonkers when I see an apostrophe s instead of plural (i.e., photo's) - people at work do this on some of their drafts. A co-worker of mine and I are on a mission to eradicate all misused and abused apostrophes.

    P.S. I put 2 spaces after a period - on purpose!

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    1. Janna, I'm pretty sure I've NEVER, ever seen a grammatical mistake in ANY of your posts, period! Yes, those punctuation/possessive errors drive me NUTS, and I wish I wouldn't let them bother me so much. And the double spaces? It's a habit that's very hard to break. Although, I must admit, I am on Twitter, and that's about the only place I single space because space is so precious on a 140-character max tweet! :) Maybe I'll catch on in time, but for now, my thumb just does its own habitual thing... Thanks for catching up on my posts, and I need to do the same at yours! :)

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