I once read somewhere that being able to write is being able to convey one’s authentic voice and nothing less. That being said, the writer is at his best when he is writing with his heart and soul, and not simply with his brain and hands.
I’ve decided to write about writing because I believe writing is one of our simple pleasures in life. Everyone has a voice and while I believe that voice can be expressed by vibrating the hollow structure that lies just anterior to the throat, it must also be a highly recognized fact that utilizing the heart and the soul in wielding the mighty pen and paper is also a great way to express our voice.
It’s wonderful that everyone has a chance at writing, but at the same time it’s a bit disappointing that most people would overlook this beautiful opportunity. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t one of those people who disregarded writing and automatically labelled it as a “geeky, outdated, and boring pursuit.” I see now that writing is so much more than that. Writing takes you to places you’ve never been to before, to adventures you’ve only ever imagined. Writing is a way to dissociate from reality and maybe at the same time it serves as your only link to what’s real. Writing, as from what I’ve recently read, is as close to magic as you’ll ever get.
Writers have different points of view on a very wide array of topics that could range from either love to death, joy to sorrow, or hardships to success. I may not be as well-versed a writer as Ernest Hemingway or Charles Dickens, but I am just as valiant because I chose to let myself be heard through my words. Writing may seem tough at first, but once you start there’s just no telling when you’ll stop. Everything just comes naturally and easily like breathing or walking with your feet or peeing.
It’s a well-known fact that people use up only about 10% of their brain juice on a day-to-day basis so why should we waste it on much trivial pursuits such as flipping TV channels endlessly or mindlessly staring at a monitor for hours? That’s why I highly encourage you to flip open a journal (or a simple notebook or a piece of paper), uncap your pen, and hone your writing skills. You have a voice, the world is your palette, and you most certainly deserve to be heard. You never know, maybe someday soon you’ll be publishing a well-written article about your own POV on writing and how it has strikingly changed your whole outlook on life.