This is how you don’t let the fear of judgment control your writing.

Anisa Nasir
Jul 14 · 3 min read
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Find the courage to start is only half of the battle. Making it through to the end of a story that encompasses real, raw feelings can be tough. For a long time, I would let those ideas shift to the back of my mind, convincing myself that it wouldn’t be worth the write. All of those experiences that taught me growth, that gave me a fresh perspective, deserve to be written about. It is never an easy feat, writing about the things that make you feel vulnerable, but sometimes you have to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

Write to Remember What You’ve Learned

I do this quite often when I’ve found myself in a situation where I have to make a variety of difficult decisions. I take a moment, stepping back, to look at what I’m trying to accomplish, at what obstacles I have to overcome to stand on my own two feet. Writing about what you’ve learned is a foolproof way to ensure that you’re continually moving in the right direction.

Whether or not you let the world in on the experiences you want to recap, is entirely up to you. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that by writing about the hindrances that have surfaced over time, there was an urge to share my newfound perspective with the world. Though there are still moments where I write to understand the curveballs life throws at me, and I save those solely for myself.

You’re Allowed to Make it Personal

I spent the last two years trying to remove any semblance of personal feelings from my work. I didn’t want to draw on past experiences because I was afraid of what it would do to me. Little did I know, it helped in a way I could’ve never imagined.

Allowing yourself the freedom to hear your unfiltered thoughts, no matter how afraid you may be to experience them again, can shed light on what you’ve set out to build. Giving yourself room to ask yourself the hard questions, will help you to see not only the progress you’ve made but where you want to go next.

It’s genuinely thrilling how capable we are of inspiring ourselves.

There is no telling what revisiting those experiences will be like, but writing about what matters the most to you will be heard, it is a learning experience for you and for those you decide to share them with. You are capable of much more than you may be aware of. It can be easy to find yourself belittling what made you who you are because you may feel as though it doesn’t match someone else’s journey.

The only journey that should matter is your own. Write about what matters, and it may change your life.

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