I didn’t realize it but I guess I may take the ability to regurgitate written and verbal thoughts somewhat for granted. I recently realized that not everyone is comfortable with putting themselves out there for the world to see and possibly judge. Or for that matter, for yourself to judge. Often times there is an emotional fine line that can be difficult to cross. You can easily be torn between wanting to speak your peace and clear your mind but the thought of airing that laundry, be it clean or dirty, can be a little intimidating.
I have always found writing to be very therapeutic. For me it’s an opportunity to have that self dialogue and even self debate, while purging that thought and setting it free by the time I finish the piece. It can sometimes provide closure, or it can sometimes open up an onslaught of additional thoughts that I hadn’t bargained for. But generally speaking, the “process” usually flows for me fairly well. And that certainly does not mean that I always love and approve of something that I’ve written once I have revisited it from a different mindset or perspective. I second guess myself all the time. But I also take comfort that at the time it was written, I probably said exactly what I was thinking…or something close.
So I will offer this advise to anyone out there with the slightest desire to say something. And I offer this not because I carry any writing credential or expertise, but because I know first hand how cleansing and rewarding the process can be. And my advice simply is; “Say It”. Whatever it is, uncork the creative juices and let the thoughts fly. If you are saying something from the heart that is genuine, it will not be negatively viewed. And you never know who you may help or inspire along the way.