“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
Writing Gives Us Courage-
Do you have a dream? Something you have always thought of doing, or pursuing, but you just can’t find the courage?
Writing, putting thought to paper, especially when you don’t obsess over those thoughts, can help you find that courage.
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
― Joss Whedon
When we sit down and just let thoughts escape us, we can not only put a voice to our dreams and ideas, but we can infuse ourselves with courage to pursue those things.
What type of writing do I mean?
Do you have a story in your head? Write it down. Don’t try to get it perfect, just get it out.
Do you have a list of goals you’ve been analyzing? Write them down. Make it a formal list, have those words in front of you.
Do you have an idea that won’t let go of you? Write that down, no matter how crazy it may seem.
Write without thinking about the obstacles in the way of the words, just get it out, in the open.
It doesn’t ever have to be for someone else’s eyes. It just needs to be seen by you.
Writing Helps us Better Understand Ourselves-
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander
Courage is important, but so is understanding our desires and motives in life.
Words are powerful. When you write, you give yourself something tangible to look at, to analyze, to understand.
Whether it’s fiction or not, writing gives us insights into ourselves.
A story, a list, a memoir, etc. they all lend a voice to the ideas and beliefs that may get jumbled in our minds. When you sit down to write, and just let the words flow, you are bound to let these things slip through.
Seeing the words on paper, having that physical evidence in front of you, can help you better understand yourself, and the world you would like to help create.
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
― Franz Kafka
Writing Encourages Our Creative Sides-
“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis
Creativity is a necessary part of life.
God, the ultimate creator, put that same desire for creativity in us, and we should seek to encourage that part of ourselves.
Why is this important?
Where do new ideas come from, if not from our creative selves? That spark pushing you to do something, to be better, comes from the creativity God instilled in us.
Do you have an idea floating around for a new technology? A better way of organizing data? A hint of a business plan?
These are all inspired by creativity, and what better way to encourage this side of ourselves than taking pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and letting it escape the subconscious.
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying every person should pursue a writing career.
I am saying that having a regular time to write each day can help you better pursue the goals you do have.
- Keep a journal
- Make lists
- Write a short story
These, and many other forms of writing can help you grow and better understand your life goals. Writing can also help you find the courage to pursue your dreams!
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