I started writing because I had a vain thought, what good will ideas do if they only live in my head?
Then I wrote a post about sperms.
I am still amused whenever I look back at my first article.
2 years later, writing becomes an important part of me as I zig and zag through life.
Everyone has their own way of creating and expressing themselves, I am lucky to stumble upon writing.
It is a heart to heart communication between my inner world and the world outside.
No voice is too small to be heard
I am an ordinary 26 year old and I write about ordinary life.
I still don’t know what I want, but I know that I’m the happiest when I have a purpose in what I do.
Writing tells me that it’s okay when life doesn’t go as planned. It shows me that I am able to create no matter what happen. It reminds me that I have important people in my life.
I hope it does the same for everyone, to know that we have a voice to share our thoughts, our vision, our passion, and hopefully make positive changes in the world.
Bridge the gap
When my dad started to share my articles on Facebook, my mum commented on my ideas, and dad telling me that ‘I believe in you’, I know writing is more than just expressing ideas.
It builds a bridge from my heart to people whom I love when it’s difficult to say things out loud.
Even though it is daunting to expose so much of my life openly, meaningful relationships thrive when I write from heart. That’s all that matter.
Figure things out
Our mind is like the sky – sometimes it’s clear and sunny, sometimes it’s cloudy and stormy.
Writing helps to structure thoughts when things are messy in our head. At the end of it, maybe we have a solution, maybe we don’t, but we clear our mind.
When I connect the articles in retrospect, it is amazing to see how I went into turbulence and got out of it unscathed, learning a thing or two in between.
It’s good to know that nature doesn’t create storm that never ends, we will be alright.
Goodness in people
When I first started posting my articles publicly, I was afraid of criticism and judgment. I would share my work on social media and stay away until I gathered enough courage to face it.
It was funny how I put myself in such agony for no reason.
Every time someone recommends my article, or tells me ‘I felt you’, I shout a big thank you in my heart. It empowers me to keep writing knowing that someone cares and appreciates what I have to say.
I see goodness in people through writing.
It’s a gift
I read the book ‘Change your thoughts, change your life’ three times this year. Wayne Dyer changed my life even after he left this world.
He made me think – what do I want to leave behind?
When we create something and put it out in the world, we wouldn’t know how our stories would collide with other ideas and impact people’s life.
It’s a gift we are given, a gift we can give. That’s the beauty of creating.
Deep down, we are all the same
When we see ourselves in everyone, our stories connect with everyone.
In TED Global 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a story teller from Nigeria said:
Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.
Don’t be afraid to create, because the world needs your story and the things you carry.