“I told the Universe, that I was committed to living a creative life, not in order to save the world, not to become famous, not to prove to my family that I was worthy…but simply because I liked it.”
_Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Big Magic’.
If you have read this gorgeously inspiring book by the author of ‘Eat Pray Love’, Elizabeth Gilbert, then you will have come across these words that instil in you a sense of confidence to keep moving towards your goals.
If you haven’t read the book, then I would suggest you read it, right away!
My dear friend, Shailaja, gifted me this book to help me pick myself up when I lose trust in myself and my capabilities. And, for that, I will forever be indebted to her.
Those lines from the book reminded me why I began writing in the first place.
An old friend of mine had gifted me ‘The Artist’s Way’, by Julia Cameron, which prompted me to pick up my pen after a gap of many years, and write.
The love for writing was always there, but I was stifling the urge to write, fearing it to be a waste of time; fearing ridicule, and, wondering if it was of any use, at all!
It’s what most of us experience, isn’t it?
As a newbie blogger, I would read fabulous posts by other bloggers, and wonder if my writing was worthy of sending out into the world; and, if it really mattered what I wrote.
If you, too, wonder what use your words are, or if they matter at all, then assure yourself that, yes, your words are precious and they do matter. To YOU.
Blogging for the sake of joining the bandwagon will, frankly, not take you far. But, writing because you like it, will! It will leave you feeling gratified.
Your love for writing will reflect in every word you choose. In every emotion you express.
So, on days when you feel low; or when you wonder if blogging is really worth it, or if your family will ever regard your work with respect, do yourself a favour.
Sit down and write.
Not to prove a point to your family that you aren’t wasting your time, or to earn a hundred Likes and a thousand bucks.
But, because the act of writing makes you come alive.
Because it brings a smile to your lips and fills your heart with contentment.
Because it helps you pour out your emotions and your thoughts, and leaves you feeling relieved.
Because it gives you the happiness that nothing and no one in this world ever can.
And, finally, because your writing will always belong to you. it’s not something that will abandon you, betray you, or break your heart. But, something that will mend your broken heart, heal your wounds, cheer you up and lead you to your happiness!
If you indulge in any other art, then replace the word ‘write’ with that art. And, do it with all your heart, because you like it!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.