I always want my words to be profound.
I want them to hold something to have meaning.
I want to write things that incite conversation and promote action.
I also try too hard.
I sit in front of my computer every 4 days or so to post a new thought, a new revelation, a new truth that is rippling through my spirit.
And I erase a lot.
To the point where I am surprised my delete button still works on my computer.
There are a lot of words I haven’t said in my life and many of them come in the form of the backspaced words on word documents. If only there was a way to put all of them together.
On second hand let’s not.
Then I think of all of the words that go unsaid or unwritten.
Or all the words that go unread.
(And if they are unread are they really written? Just kidding…not going there)
There is something about profound insightful thoughts that cause us to move. I love reading words my friends have said and reading what they are going through and their insights. My email is crammed with blog subscriptions and the ability to see the world through others eyes. It’s crammed with group emails from friends about ramblings and stream of consciousness thought processes.
But now I think, I know what I HAVEN’T said. What haven’t THEY said? What moments of brilliance have been backspaced away or crumbled and thrown in a trashcan.
And it’s also kind of funny because we live in this crazy world where there are so many platforms to be heard; from 140 characters on twitter to creating your own website to podcasts and blogs and everything in between.
So with all of that ability to be heard; why are so many of us still silent? Why do we throw words in the trash and decide we don’t need to say them?
Some I’m sure think there are too many words out there so will their words be heard. Or maybe they are afraid of the comment section.
Or even just too afraid of what one singular person will say.
And so we delete or backspace or walk away from a thought because it is too honest or too real or too much of the person you actually ARE as opposed to the person who people see.
The last blog I posted entitled “Real” took everything in me to press publish. I really just wanted to delete it all and pretend it didn’t exist.
I think when I choose to delete something or send it to a friend rather than post it on my blog it’s mainly because I think it might be too much. Too vulnerable, too spiritual, too Jesus. Or sometimes it’s because it shows my flaws or my fears.
But when, in reality, it’s just my thought process, how my brain works.
It’s true sometimes I tie a spiritual lesson to an episode of Vampire Diaries and it’s inevitable I will talk about therapy, or the lessons from Spain or Cambodia small eye or getting hit by a car.
But it’s what’s in my heart.
It’s where I come from.
So I will write.
And I want you to as well.
So very badly I want to read the words you have written. I need them actually. They cause me to think and to write and they inspire me.
So push past the comment section, push past the vulnerability and the fear and put words to paper. Quit hitting delete, quit crumbling the paper and throwing it aside.
People need your words, they need you at your broken or your whole, they need you at your happiest, your angry and your giddy. They need you at your real, your teenage self who loves vampire shows and your adult self who has treasured things in your heart that need to come out.
So please, WRITE.
Here are some blogs of people who’s words I treasure, find humorous and lovely and adore reading. Some of them have been MIA for a moment but take a second to go back, read the archives and find some inspiration. None of them are “proffesional” they may have gotten paid once or twice for their writings, but mostly it’s a heart thing. It’s a pouring out onto paper of what’s inside.There are so so many more I could post or brag about. so many more words I read on a weekly basis. There is inspiration out there. You just have to choose to read it, see it, use it, and be it. (and if you have a blog or a favorite space to read words comment and let me know!):
Patty~ Patty is one of my best friends and someone who has influenced my writing more than anyone. Her words are timely, poetic and beautiful.
Tiffany~ This woman called me to write and be truthful. She has been calling me into my story for over two years.
Abby~ Another member of my hometeam. She is currently on an adventure leading a World Race squad and she has beautiful words and truths.
Allan~ A crazy worshipper I met and got to do life with in Spain. Check out his Euro journey and all that entails.
Helena~ I followed her blog while she was on the race. She empowers women and has a hysterically lovely view on life
Kellen & Whitney ~ a couple whom I treasure. Their words inspire like none other.
Casey~ a longtime hometown friend who blogs about her adventures in dating.
Sarah~a truth speaker, bringer and a lie crusher. soon to be on another amazing adventure.
Lauren~ from my orange county neck of the woods. her words are witty and intelligent and everything in between.
Glenalyn~ a fellow adventurer, wanderluster and tribe member.