As I sit here listening to the song by Christina Perri, A Thousand Years, I am reminded what life is about. All the thoughts that I have had these past weeks have now caught up and I am silent no more. This song has inspired me to write from my heart.
I have had trouble finding my inspiration this week. Looking back at all that occurred I didn’t know how I could even sit and contemplate what to write let alone actually do the writing. But as it turns out a writer is still a writer through the pain. In fact, they are more of a writer than they ever thought they could be.
Death came suddenly in my family. It knocked on the door of my in-laws and took the patriarch of our family from us. Some will say since he was 91 he lived a long full life. But if you asked him he would’ve told you he had more he wanted to do. He was still going strong up until he started to get his battery full of tests done.
I mention his passing, not for sympathy, but to show that we all must go through life and still can create on top of the tough times. Being that I knew only a day or so before I was able to drive to see him. That helped relieve any regrets that I would have later. But it wasn’t easy watching him go and not being able to stop the pain that it brought to our lives when he did.
I believe that I have drawn from this experience the strength that he tried to instill in us when he was alive. He spoke his mind when he didn’t agree and made no apologies for it. He was generally right and stood by what he was saying for he spoke from experience. I somehow mustered up the strength to handle things during this time as I knew he would. I think he would’ve been proud.
So, what you are probably asking is what the heck does this have to do with writing? I think that any experience good or bad only adds to the depth of our writing. Whether it is through pain or happiness we can find solace in the power of emptying out our soul in writing. Sometimes it is this time in our life when we find the right words for it is so close to our heart and soul.
Ever watch the movie, “Somethings Gotta Give?” Throughout the film, the character Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) writes a play based on her breakup with Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson). She cries almost all the way through it until the end where she tosses the Kleenex box in the trash. THAT is the emotion that I speak of. The liberating feeling of writing from your soul can make you vulnerable but just frees your soul. I hope as I type this blog post, that if you haven’t already experienced this, that you do someday. It is better in my opinion than any therapy session you could ever receive. Add some sappy music and you have got yourself a writing session extraordinaire. 🙂
I hope that when you are down and feel that you have nothing to give remember your gift. You are a writer. It is always there waiting for you. Unfortunately, people die, and love may leave you and life can toss you all the curve balls that it wishes. But one thing remains, writing. So, when all else fails, so what you do best, write.
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