The following essay was written for a Writing Contest hosted by Positive Writer entitled You are Enough.
I believe each one of us has something important to say. Valuable ideas, opinions, and questions are always hovering at the forefront of our minds. The decision to keep these thoughts inside our head, say them out loud, or write them down is personal. But once we decide to engage in this process of writing, the freedom experienced far outweighs any prior apprehensions.
Whether typed on a personal tech device or handwritten in a journal, the simple act of writing words down gives them life. Suddenly we see them in a different light. Simple ideas once floating around in our head instantly become concrete-combinations of letters in black and white ready to be read over and over, edited and expanded.
Once words are given life, we have another choice to make. Will our words remain private or will we find an appropriate platform for sharing? Some may remain unread until we are no longer living, leaving behind insights intended only for those closest to us. Others we may choose to display freely for anyone to read.
My family recently received a wonderful gift of words. After the passing of my Aunt Pearl, numerous precious pages written in her own handwriting were discovered by her children. Did she consider herself a writer? No-yet her words, beautifully describing her life, her hopes and her dreams, provided comfort during a time of grief.
Certain words, however, need to be shared in the present. Not only for the writer’s benefit but also the unexpected help they may provide others. A strong likelihood exists that other people are coping with the same life challenges and fears, yet have not found the courage to give their thoughts life. Your words may provide the encouragement they need.
I was extremely nervous about sharing my personal story concerning depression in written form. Typing those confessions gave them a new sense of reality. Once I took the next step and clicked the publish button, a flood of positive responses arrived. Others suddenly felt free to tell their personal stories, and their powerful words provided the realization that I was not alone in my struggles.
What happens when we choose courage and allow our words to make a positive contribution to this world? We won’t know until we write. Don’t be afraid! Your thoughts have great value. And once put into words, they help tell your story-the specific set of life experiences belonging only to you. No one else is exactly like you, and someone out there needs to hear your words, your insights, your story! Get busy writing!
Something important needs to be said which only you can say!