|[source] This is literally me every day ^|
So I was thinking about Taylor Swift the other day.
(Not a normal subject for me to ponder on, I assure you.)
I realized how I used to often criticize her inspiration for her songs and how immature it seemed to me that she dated guys, broke up with them, and then wrote about her ex and their past relationship. Now, granted, I don't agree with her lifestyle, her dating pattern or the guys she chooses to 'make mistakes' with, but I have a whole new view on her inspiration.
Her inspiration for music is based on her experiences. Her experiences based on people. And the people are ones divinely put in her path.
I think that is fascinating.
Each of us write for different reasons. Some of us went to school to be journalists. Some of us write professionally, for work. And then, there are some of us who have been writing since we were youngsters.
I write because my heart won't beat for me unless I write the letters it taps to me in Morse code. I write because writing is a part of living for me. Growing up, my room, desk and bed were always occupied by papers and journals. I would overfill notebooks with who knows what. I wrote about everything I did, everything I saw, everyone I met.
Each of us will have different experiences than the next person. We will have different adventures, different heartaches, different loves lost, different occurrences and events. And though they are different, they can be similar in some way, somehow. Because we all feel. We all have emotions. And these can be similar, even if the situation they occur in is different.
When we share our episodes of life with the world - whether through music or dance or writing (just to name a few) - we are unknowingly helping and encouraging individuals who may be needing to know that they're not alone. That they aren't the only ones who are experiencing these emotions and feelings and frustrations.
So I encourage YOU to share your heart. As a writer, being able to put my thoughts to words and words on paper is one of the most rewarding things to do. When I am frustrated about something, I write about it. When I am feeling emotions for and about someone, I write about it. When I wish I could visit this place or go on that adventure, I write about it. Nothing that happens to me is fully processed by my brain until I write it down. Read it over. Think about it. Sometimes I don't necessarily want to write about certain things. But then I get in an argument with my brain and my organized, logical-thinking left side usually wins. Because I need to write things down, even when it's hard, even when it hurts. Because I need to record, process and accept the truth of my own words.
I have learned to say whatever it is that I'm thinking - even if I have to use metaphors and stupid cliche phrases to just get. it. out.
And yes, even if I have to stay up till 2 a.m. to finish writing it.
I have learned to never bite my tongue when it comes to speaking what I feel and what I truly think. I am not controlled by other humans. I don't care what they think. I care about what One God thinks of me. I have a voice, I have an opinion, I have emotions. And little by little, I am learning to take my own medicine and write...for others. I want to write and share my experiences, my chapters of this crazy story called life, because I want to be able to encourage and bless and inspire. And if something I write is important enough to me to write, then I shouldn't apologize for it.
Just don't stop. Write. Wherever you are, amidst whatever you're doing. If a thought comes to your head, write it down before you forget. My phone is FULL of notes of random thoughts and ideas that I have throughout my day. I've been known to write on bookmakers, receipts, scraps of paper, napkins, and even on my hands.
Don't be afraid of your brain. Don't be afraid of yourself and what you're thinking or feeling. Express it through words. Write it down. And don't ever apologize. Life is a crazy thing. Sometimes it's pretty scary too. Familiarize yourself with your heart and who you are deep down in your soul. Make that open passage between who you are and your brain. Be at peace with raw emotion. Don't beat yourself up about memories. Good and bad ones will stay with you for the rest of your life. And that's okay. Learn how to face them. Writing about them is a good way to do this.
Teach yourself what to write about.
Find your style, your little nook, and write until your fingers ache but your brain is free.