“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
—Sarah J. Maas
We don’t often associate radicalism with writing. It seems so simple when we think about it. You’re just putting ink (or lead) on a piece of paper. You’re just pressing buttons and making words on a computer. No big deal, we think.
If this is all that comes to mind when you write, sure—that is all you’re doing. But for those who insist on writing what weighs on their hearts, it is a radical thing.
A few months ago, the idea of writing was the farthest thing from my mind. Of course, I wrote what I had to throughout the day: my name, address, and billing info for online purchases; papers for classes; emails and text messages.
But there was never a moment where I sat down to unleash the words inside of me that were usually revealed through my emotions.
You may not think of it that way, but try to for a second.
Maybe you love listening to music that makes you cry, laugh, reminisce about the past, or even feel angry at something you wished never happened. Either way, your emotions are alive in those moments.
Here’s what you should do: write.
Using Your Emotions
It may sound crazy, but there’s nothing like allowing words to reflect how you really feel inside. You can try to force your writing to do that. You can attempt to convey a message that sinks into your readers without your emotions. But it will never reach the depths of what writing from the heart can.
For this reason, journaling matters. This lost art is becoming more and more popularized. But it means nothing if it’s all just for show. In the end, it will result back into the action of putting words on a canvas that doesn’t mean anything to you.
For a while, I would search for a journal that fit my aesthetic. It would be thin and made of genuine, brown leather, complete with a top-of-the-line pen to match.
None of that mattered to me after considering the importance of getting those words out of my head as I felt them. Yes, I felt them. Your emotions are married to your words, waiting to be revealed.
If your words didn’t come from a place that caused you to cry or laugh as you wrote them—if they didn’t make your eyebrows wrinkle as your fingers pounded away on that keyboard—they were just words minus emotions.
Your feelings were not active. So they drifted off into nowhere, like a plastic bag left in a field.
You should use your emotions as you write more often. Perhaps, as you think about the points in your life that have made you who you are today, you can unleash the kind of words the world needs to see.
Wandering with a Purpose
There is a lot of things to be distracted by these days. New inventions and ideas are pushing boundaries like never before. And I’m not ashamed to say that I love that.
As a creative person, I love to create new things, concepts that have never been thought of before. But I never want it to come from a place of thoughtlessness, or doing so just because.
It has to be done from the heart, or else not done at all.
Words are powerful, and so is your heart. Putting the two together would seem obvious. But we are quick to stray from the notion of combining the two. At least, I know I am.
We love the idea of letting our minds and hearts wander but disassociate the need for taking ourselves with them.
Too often we wander just for the sake of it and not to express anything, to the detriment of its potential impact.
This is why it is radical, unconventional even, to write from the heart. Those who have are free to roam in a world that is less distracting and more inviting, not because everything expressed will be accepted but because expressing it is invigorating.
Just Say It
Lately, I’ve been experiencing a lull. I expect it to come every now and then. But that still doesn’t change the fact that it stinks to feel this way.
We all go through it from time to time. Any attempt to fight it off seems like you’re going through the motions, swinging haymakers at the wind. We want everything we do to be genuinely us.
There are some areas that need some buffering. But the pursuit is pure. It’s never going away as long as we have something to say about it. Truth be told, writing enables you to search deeper than you’ve ever done in the past.
And yet, you don’t have to go very far.
Most of the time we scratch the surface of what we really have to say, often times due to our desire to settle with what’s popular. Very few people are willing to say what’s different, what’s not popular.
They’re willing to take risks because they know it’s the only way forward. Insisting on writing what excites them, they speak from their souls with little care of results.
The trend is commonly to mute yourself and say what you think people want to hear. In the process, you never push any boundaries, you never allow your heart to say anything.
We’re hurting ourselves because of this.
I’ve come to associate writing as the message of the heart. Not that I have to get into some deep mode each time I sit down to write, but I am beginning to understand the significance of opening up and sharing what you have inside.
A lot of it has to do with us not being conscious of who we are, neglecting to spend time with ourselves. Some of it also has to do with the fact that we’re distracted most of the time and have blurred our mental clarity because of it.
Eventually, we end up with a choice to make with our words. Let your heart speak, or let a hip culture speak for you. We all have something to say, something to contribute. This time, though, you should say it with your heart fully engaged.
Kevin Horton is a photographer, college student, modest book-worm, and wanna-be web developer with a new-found love for writing. He writes helpful words about creativity, productivity, and the enjoyably simple life.
’Til next time. Thanks for reading!
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