This past weekend, I was able to escape to the mountains to do what I love. Write! For 48 glorious hours, I was able to totally immerse myself in my project.
It’s hard for some people to understand how I can go away for an entire weekend and be
perfectly content absolutely thrilled to sit with my laptop for the entire time. But I absolutely cherish those weekends.
Simply put, I love writing. I remember my love affair starting in grade three, and despite my efforts to squash it (and trust me, I tried), the love never died. Writing is the one thing that if you told me I could never do it again, would destroy me. It’s part of who I am. Even if I never sold another book, I’d always write more. You could say writing is my passion.
Words make me happy
Recently, I’ve thought about this a bit. Some people take pictures, some paint, some run, for some it’s animals, or singing…whatever it is, I believe that everyone should be passionate about something. Something that’s just theirs. And even if you are able to share it with friends from time to time (as I did this past weekend) it’s still something that you can claim for yourself. That makes you happy, you know, like really happy, on the inside.
For years, I put my dreams of writing in a box (almost literally) and tucked them away. I focused on a million other things. Because after all, writing wasn’t a serious thing. It was a hobby, right? I could never do it for a living, could I? Why waste my time with words when I had a life to get on with?
I told myself all those things, and more. Until one day, I realized that even though I had this amazing husband, beautiful children, a new career blooming and wonderful friends, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t me. I was denying a huge part of myself, but why? Because of the perception that other people had about writing? Because I didn’t believe in myself? Because it was a ‘waste of time’?
It was a combination of all those things. But the day I made the decision to start writing again, was a whole new start for me. And over the last few years, I’ve finally come into my own. I’m more ‘me’ than I have been in years because not only have I accepted that I’m a writer, I’m embracing it. It makes me happy. REALLY happy. And life is way too short not to be passionately happy.
So what’s YOUR passion?
I know this video has been going around, but I saw it for the first time the other day on my friend Naomi Bulger’s blog. I think it’s just perfect.
By they way… Naomi lives in Australia and takes the most beautiful pictures (that I live vicariously through) Check it out!
Photo credit: http://www.katlangdon.com/2012/01/04/in-defence-of-words/