It feels like just yesterday I sat on my rocking chair, holding my baby in my arms while he nursed. I spent countless hours sitting on that chair, and it was there that I read The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Something about how that mother expressed herself moved me. I savored her words and her wisdom. I didn’t want to be like her—I longed to write like her.
She was one of the many authors who inspired me to put pen to paper. And so I did.
For a long time I only kept my thoughts in my private diary. At some point I mustered the courage to start my blog, knowing full well my only loyal reader might be my mom. But I wrote anyway.
Last month I shared a piece of my upcoming book with a group of women. When I finished reading, one woman looked at me and said, “You don’t know this about me, but I’ve always been passionate about writing. I even took a writing class once and my professor told me I had real talent. But between work and the kids, I haven’t written in years. Your words have inspired me to write again.”
It never dawned on me that my words could influence someone the way others influenced me. But I put them out there, anyway.
Although that woman’s comment was one of the biggest compliments I’d ever received, that is not the reason I write.
I write because of the three baby boys I held in my arms and rocked in my chair. I don’t know how long I’ll be on this Earth, but when I’m gone, I want to give my sons the gift my words. I want them to see my perspective and my interpretation of life. I want them to understand what a privilege it was for me to raise them and love them. I want them to learn my struggles and fears and how I overcame challenges. I want them to know I will always be there with them, even when I’m not.
What about you? Do you yearn to write but are afraid that your message won’t resonate with others? Write anyway. Have you read someone else’s work and think yours will never be that good? Write anyway. Are you afraid you’re not creative enough or wise enough? Write anyway.
Start by keeping a private diary, or by creating a blog. Or there may be a book burning inside you — so write it. Whether your work touches one person or one million is irrelevant. You are the only one who can share your message and that will make it all worth it.
Tell your story and leave your mark on the world.
A Moment of Clarity
The only true failure of an aspiring writer is to leave their story untold.
*This post was inspired by the first writing contest I’ve ever participated in. Thank you, Positive Writer, for inspiring writers to encourage other writers.