I love writing. I never thought I would.
I played around with it as a kid, some short stories, poems, even some lyrics in high school, but for the most part it was a chore. Then Twitter told me I should blog, so I did, and ended up practically leaving Twitter because of how focused on writing I became. It started as a weekly blog and turned into doing as many as 40 articles a day, every day, for a couple of years straight.
Even still there are times when I dread it, I think it’s work. To a degree it is work, but then I start letting the words flow and it’s a joy. The reason it feels like work, and can be, is that sometimes I need to write content for contents sake, rather than the pleasure of writing what I want.
I can tell the difference, in my own writing. Whether I was enjoying myself or pushing myself to fill in space. Both types of writing are important, but one is definitely easier than the other. Even this blog here is fairly easy. I’m just letting the words come out, not forcing anything. It’s expression, and that is something that we all need.
No matter who we are or what we do, we all need a release that allows us to express ourselves. For some it is writing, painting, photography, music, sports, animals, or helping others. That being able to truly express yourself is a source of true joy within us. It is a different kind of important self fulfillment than true relaxation. Both are crucial towards living a healthy life.
Too many people see expression as work, and so avoid it altogether and do nothing, simply watch a screen instead of finding themselves in something else. Worse, some find their expression in knocking down others. That’s not healthy, especially for the one who is acting that way. You can be a critic, but it needs to have a purpose of trying to improve others.
Find something that is positive that you can be passionate about. Some find that passion automatically, while for others it is a search. But however you happen upon it, you need a passion. So go find it, or if you have it already, share it. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. It will help grow yourself and it could be exactly what someone else needs to see, feel, or hear.