I can’t count the number of times I meet people in association with reading. As a traveler, I am keen to see the differences of a changing geography as it passes in front of me: new mountains, beautiful blue rivers, new coastlines, etc. Yet, a person reading a book in public seems to always get my attention. Indeed, starting a safe conversation about the contents of a book leads me to accidental introductions. Other readers whom I met unexpectedly often trigger my next reading project.
The unspoken story that is a part of seeing someone absorbed in a book, inspire me to do what I am doing, right now. People love a story. They love ideas to make them think, and they love the comfort of the idea be presented in the threat free environment of the book that they can set aside without offending anyone.
We live in a time when not offending people is perceived as nearly paramount. It stinks that challenging people is now confused and even equated to offending them. We are losing our culture.
Let me challenge you, though.
You feel an itch to write. Yes, you love reading. Yes, you love curling up with a book. Yet, you KNOW that there are barriers to writing that you can’t wrap your head around. The time required. The focus. The money. Did I mention the time?
Yet, the desire, however muted, lingers. Eines Tages. That is a German phrase I learned in college and use when I travel in Europe. It translates as “once upon a time,” or “maybe one of these days,” in colloquial English. I use it when someone presents me with a call to action that currently no place in my life to fit without me changing how I spend my day.
Before I started to write, Eines Tages was my phrase to handle the thought that perhaps one day I would write, once I got around to it. I would get around to writing that book..that blog…that story…that tale. So I told myself.
I had an unexpected and unpredicted athletic occurrence that started this blog. At first, writing was difficult, but I had a passion for it. After 60+ blogs, that passion remains. That, too, was an unexpected as the events that lead up to thoughts in training.
What do you have going on right now that has the ability to impact the future like a piece of your mind in the form of written words? That question hit not just my heart, but it provoked action. And you, my follower, are reading the result of that action.
Like all writers, I had to sacrifice to make writing a part of my lifestyle. My choice isn´t for everyone. I chose to work less. I decided to take a smaller paycheck in order to free up the time needed to write.
As I ask the question, “What is it that I like about the writers whose work I appreciate?” Is it THEIR story, or is it how they tell it? More often than not, I am drawn in by the story and not the words used. Looking into a mirror, I see that with my own writing. I like my stories more than the words I choose. I seldom write to get out a esoteric thought. I write to get out a story of a real event that impacted me. My stories seems to include bikes and running shoes for odd reasons.
The ultimate “why write” resides in writer´s ability to pass meaning from our current culture to the next one. I get a sense of responsibility when I see that my writings represent a part of our future’s history. God knows I don’t want MSNBC or FOX News to be the main entities who detail what the next generation thinks happened in the world or what was of interest.
Go pass it on. Go write something. Use paper or a computer and get the idea out. Even a rough draft can become a masterpiece.