The Complacency Cure

My primary creative outlet has always been writing. For as long as I can remember language has been a true love of mine. From linguistics to creative writing and even business communications, I’ve always been fascinated with how we communicate. Writing in particular has been instrumental in every facet of my life and has helped me define and discover who I am personally, academically, and professionally.

Writing is art in its most scientific form. The rules of language and the norms of how we communicate define society and govern so much of how we interact with one another that it truly shapes our existence. Yet despite the surface level conformity of written word it still gives us tremendous freedoms. Language has given me the ability to express and explore myself in ways that I didn’t think were possible or even relevant. There is nothing more beautiful than being able to manifest our seemingly inexplicable feelings and sentiments that reside within our hearts through a combination of ancient letters, strung into both old and new words, and woven into sentences that culminate in a deliberate expression of one’s self.

Communication is at the soul of humanity. The language we use to share our own unique human experiences with the outside world is a reflection of us and a window into our minds. It even has the power to effect the experiences of those around us. Unfortunately, too often we allow ourselves to get lost in the delusion of “perfectionism” that prevents us from expression. A blank page is our ego’s worst enemy and “perfectionism” is a safety net from the fear of failure. It’s easier to not create at all than to have created and reflect upon our work only to realize that the beauty or pain we felt so viscerally within us wasn’t transcribed as poetically or tactfully as we experienced it. However, the only fate for expression that is worse than an empty page is a page that has been marred by a writer complacent with his being.

Artists, no matter their medium, all have innate taste for their chosen (or inherent) form of expression. Writers can sense emotions and live the experiences of others whose work they read or hear. Writing can help us process the gamut of human emotion from our most dire times of need to our greatest moments of ecstasy. As writers, we spend so much time in our lives constantly testing the pliability of a finite number of words to adapt to our wants and needs. We attempt to process thousands of years of linguistic progress (and the experiences of those who came before us and gave those words meaning) that ultimately represent the defining product of our evolution as a species thus far. We attempt to adorn, embellish, and sometimes we even mutilate those words into personal representations of who we are as individuals. But for a complacent author, words cannot change the fact that his prose will always reflect his vapidness. Writing has fantastic power and should not be taken lightly by those with idle minds.

My greatest fear in life has consistently been complacency. When we lack the drive to be better and more than who and what we are in the present, then we no longer have anything of interest to share with the world. Through complacency in life we do not just lose our ability to feel and our hunger to grow, persevere, and thrive. We end up losing fundamental components of what make us human. It’s through complacency that we would no longer have anything meaningful to say. It is why we must continue to actively seek out new aspects of who we are to prevent decay. Written word must not be solely a form of expression. It must also be utilized as a tool for self-discovery by constantly reinventing one’s writing style. Writing is my antidote for complacency and the key to my continued growth and future success.