Stop Waiting Around to Write
Have you ever heard of the quote, “Good things come to those who wait”? I used to live by this statement, for a very long while actually.
I have been blessed time and time again with opportunities and I could not be thankful enough for them. I have been so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by people — friends, family, and coworkers alike, who care about my well being and who only hope the best for me.
But lately, I haven’t been living by this statement. There will be times where opportunities don’t just fall into my lap. There will be times where I feel as if I could do more with myself in terms of my goals, careers, and passions. I could definitively go the extra mile if I tried.
After a long time, I finally noticed that I was extremely unmotivated and always constantly putting myself down that I couldn’t even produce anything. I didn’t go the extra mile to find a new job or publish my work traditionally because I thought that my work was subpar. I didn’t want to reflect upon myself because I knew that I wasn’t on the same page as everyone else, and I would ultimately shame myself and feel even worse.
Recently, I came across Tim Denning’s article about creating content, that the most “normal” people have content that they can create. We are all interesting in our own ways, and we have the potential to create powerful and riveting narratives. But you can’t just simply tell yourself to look at your life in a different light.
There are so many different things that factor into how one views their life; family, friends, lovers, even strangers. The looks of dismay when you wear a certain outfit, or when you’re head banging to one of your favorite songs while walking down a street. These small interactions are hard to erase, and eventually, escalate so much that they become even bigger then you have ever anticipated.
Surround Yourself with Positive Energy
Changing the way you look at life is immensely difficult for sure. As I mentioned earlier, it really helps to surround yourself with people who look at life in the way you want to look at it. My boyfriend, for example, has a very positive outlook on life. He is immensely interested in the “normal,” which in turn, gets me more interested in my own life in a sense.
I start playing attention to the little quirks that I have — the way I overthink, how I laugh at practically everything, the way that certain songs make me feel. This makes me want to explore more. This makes me inspired to discover more about myself. This makes me want to write more.
Write About People Who You Feel Strongly For
This is self explanatory. Writing about people who make you feel extremely negative or extremely positive may be one of the things that are a constant driving force for me. Writing about these people gives me the time to reflect on myself as well as the situation at hand. On the flip side, you could even write to these individuals, too. As long as you’re writing.
As Denning says, “You won’t run out of ideas. There’s always something to say.”
Write about the silence. Write about that tick you have that you didn’t know existed. Write about the crinkle that happens in the middle of your mom’s nose when she laughs hysterically. Write about the look your boyfriend gives to you when you see photos taken of you two from others. Write about how angry your ex made you feel when they broke up with you on that rainy, Summer afternoon. Keep writing. You’ve got this in the bag.