I tend to go through some serious phases of non-stop vigorous writing to abrupt, stagnant breaks. I’ve recently wondered to myself why this is . . . and I believe it has something to do with my previously mentioned struggle of writing “in public” versus writing “in secret.” Whether I’m deciding to publish on my blog or not, I’m writing something, somewhere – rants about current events in the news, my opinion on political debates, etc. These thoughts of mine need to be released somehow, and they are, but not necessarily to you, out there, whomever you are. It could be because . . .
a) I’ve adopted a dog and my free time goes towards spending time with him
b) I’ve gotten engaged and spend time thinking about wedding planning (since I know nothing about weddings) as well as putting down some serious deposits ($$$$)
c) My travel plans are on a serious timeout because of a and b
d) I’ve moved
e) I’ve been focusing more on photography
f) I’ve been focusing more on cooking
Or it could just be because . . .
g) I’ve been feeling secretive and guarded
Possibilities a through f I am sure have something to do with my sabbatical from blog posting. My time is simply being spent elsewhere, doing other things, learning new things. However, possibility g is very on point as well.
Since I work from home, I have a lot of freedom because the morning commute to my office consists of walking down the hall to my home office, I live close enough to my gym that I can have a great workout every day during lunch, which allows my evening to be spent cooking a delicious dinner. Even though working remotely has had a damaging impact on my social life, the aforementioned facets make it impossible to complain.
But despite not posting as much lately, emails from readers still come in and I love that. Whether it’s asking advice about what to wear for Egypt, what to pack for New Zealand, or what precautionary measures to take before traveling to Asia, I’m always very happy to provide my suggestions and lend my advice and recommendations.
The goal of this post is to inspire myself to make the time not only to continue writing, but to share . . . perhaps interchange the time I spend reading other people’s writing to write (and post) myself.
With passion comes emotion. And with emotion comes vulnerability.
Writing takes courage. With writing there is a risk to reveal parts of yourself that you may not want others to see. You risk words being rejected and you risk your work being compared to others’ . . . but that is the essence of creativity. You are sharing a part of yourself. And sharing who you are is always risky because it makes you vulnerable.
But I hope to keep going, encouraged by readers and ignited by my passion.