By: Jessica Semaan

Write when it rains

Write when it shines

Write on a restaurant’s table mat after a boozy dinner

Write in your old book, that you know you will never read again

Write when your tears can’t fall

Write when your life feels like you are rolling a boulder up a hill

Write when you want to feel, but instead you swim in emptiness

Write when your fingers are about to fall from exhaustion

Write when you find your first grey hair

Write when you are alone and trapped by your restless thoughts

Write when you are surrounded by many, yet you feel lonely

Write, write, write

Write because it is the only expression of your free will

Write because it is free, because we were all born to write

Write because it takes ink and a paper and that’s about it

And if there is no ink, write with your tears, your sweat, your blood
Write with your finger on the bathroom mirror after a hot shower

Write as if it’s your only way out of yourself and into yourself

Write one word, write a poem, write a story, write “fuck you,” doodle a heart, a penis, an orange

Write what others have written

Write so no one can understand, not even you

Write because you were born to do so
Write because it is your voice that the world needs to hear

Not only hear, but read; for it needs to be printed for your children and your children’s children to know you, unabashingly you, shamelessly you, beautiful you

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About the author:

Born and raised in Lebanon, Jessica is the founder of The Passion Co.and Start Conference. Previously, she spent 4 years at Airbnb, building and scaling operations. She teaches at Stanford Design School, and resides in San Francisco. Stay in touch with her work by subscribing to her bi-weekly newsletter here.