Word Vomit

What IS it about writing something down that is so soothing?

I swear, I could be having the WORST day, I could be dealing with the most ridiculous drama, and the minute my fingers connect with either a pen or a keyboard, it’s as if all the stresses fall away.

Perhaps it’s my semi-control-freak tendencies; I’m unable to control a situation, however, I AM able to control what’s being said on the screen in front of me, or the paper below me. I can organize my thoughts and my feelings, and see exactly what’s going on in my mind and my heart in the written word. Silly, maybe, but undeniably comforting.

On the flip side, sometimes I just have a burning need to write something down – ANYTHING. To just get something out of my brain and documented. Almost as if I will burst if I do not relieve my mind of a random thought or idea. I imagine this is the feeling a photographer gets when an opportunistic photo-op presents itself. An artistic “itch” per say.

This morning, my need for written relief stemmed from a link a friend posted on Facebook. It was a general list of things that we humans should remember on a day-to-day basis. One of the things that stood out to me about this list were the words “Do not forget yourself.” As in, it’s okay to put yourself ahead of others. It’s okay to be selfish AND selfless. You cannot forget who YOU are.

Every single day I wake up and, despite my daily financial stresses and the feeling of “there is not enough time in the day,” I can always count on a undeniable happiness due to the fact that I am who I am. I LOVE who I am. I’m a daughter, I’m a friend, I’m a mom to two Dobermans, I’m employed, I’m smart, I have a bright future ahead of me. There is nothing that can hold me back. And the reason I am so confident in all these factors of my life is because I’ve constantly put myself first. Not in a selfish way, because of course I love to do things for family and friends, but in a way that makes the things that I do important as well. I may have strayed off of my path a few times in my life, but I always remember who I am and what it is I like about myself.

For those of you who are feeling a little bit lost at the moment, can I suggest the power of the written word? I know not everyone has that finger tingling urge to write things down, but I can guarantee that it will help you to get a few things straight, or at the very least help to relieve you of some brain burdens. And I encourage all of you to be a little bit more selfish in finding what makes you tick and what simple pleasures will bring you happiness every day.

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