If you have read my About page, you know that I wrote my first poem at the age of 5, and I have been writing ever since. A lot of times, people ask me how I write, why I write and why I write about the things that I write about. Some even tell me to write happier pieces and to stop being so depressed. It is hard for me to answer any of these questions. It is harder for me to tell people that just because I write about “sad” things, it doesn’t mean that I’m not happy.
Why I Write?
I write because I like to write. Writing makes me happy. It gives me something to look forward to each day, other than my family and friends. It gives me the perfect getaway from some of the mundane realities of the everyday life. It gives me an avenue to express my thoughts and feelings and, at times, to vent out without yelling. Above everything, it gives my life a purpose. It makes me feel like I exist, that I mean something, and that, I, too, can leave a mark on this impermanent world.
As I observe social media these days, it makes me realize that sometimes, we forget the value of words. We forget that words matter, they mean something, and they shouldn’t just be thrown around without responsibility, without accountability, without thought. Being a writer, then, makes me feel humble and proud, at the same time, because I know that words matter, I value them and I give them the importance they deserve.
At anxiety-ridden times like these, it is easy to let pent-up emotions get the better of you. So, I pick up my pen or my tablet – and write. I write down my thoughts, my favourite line from a newspaper article, my favourite quote from a book, movie, TV show, or even a prayer. I write and I give my thoughts and emotions an avenue to get out. I give words a chance to show me how valuable, beautiful and meaningful they are. I just write and stay calm.
Why do you write? Tell me in the comments section, what draws you to the written word and what motivates you to write. I look forward to hearing from you.
©️ Pebble in the Ocean 2021