It has been quite some time since I wrote my last blog here and having had such a long absence has taught me one very valuable thing I’d like to share with you all: YOU NEED TO START WRITING.
Believe me, I know all the ways you could talk yourself out of starting a blog. “It’s too hard. I don’t know how to run it. I don’t have enough time. No one is going to read it anyway. I have more important things to do. Yadda yadda yadda…” So before I go into refuting those statements with you today, let me give you a couple examples to illustrate my point.
On the evening of December 30th, 2012, I laid awake in my bed reflecting on the year that had passed. I thought of how I had spent most of it in a foreign place, learning about people and life. Then I thought about all the hoopla surrounding my birthday (12/21) and how it really wasn’t the end of the world (big surprise!). Then, I decided to pull out my iPhone and read some of my old blogs. Here are a couple excerpts:
- 2012: If the World Ends… written 1/1/2012: “Now of course, until my next birthday (which happens to be 12.21.2012), no one will know for sure if the world isn’t going to end. But in the meantime, why not use this thought to motivate us to do the things that we have always wanted to do. Let it help us get off the couch, walk over to that person we haven’t apologized to in years, and say what needs to be said. Let it motivate us to pursue more intensely than ever a purpose driven life. Honestly… why not?” ……. “So I felt it pertinent to say that I am going live this year to the fullest, and I hope that you all do the same. In this upcoming year I will be spending eight months of it here in Korea. During that time I will have six months with my girlfriend, whom I have missed dearly. We are going to Thailand together in a few weeks. I plan on speaking Korean somewhat fluently before I return home. I will Skype with my family and friends as much as possible and make sure that those close to my heart know that I love them. I will learn to eliminate stress in my life by rising above the things that have held me down my entire life and live in the now. I will reread all of my old blogs to remember how far I have come in this past year, what I have learned, and what I hope to one day teach others. And above all, I will give love in some way to everyone I meet.”
After reading this, tears began to well up in my eyes because I realized that all of those goals were fulfilled. In being able to read my own words from a year ago, I realized the profound truth that if you set your intent to do something in life, it will get done time.
- Passion Really Does Pay Off written 4/12/2012: “The bell rang and I simply waved goodbye. Slowly they shuffled their way out of the classroom. After all of them had left, I had started cleaning up and pushing chairs in when one of the girls, who had been listening the whole time, came back into the room. Even before she spoke I could feel the determination behind her words. Her grammar wasn’t very good but I could tell what she meant simply by the order of her words. If her English were perfect, what she said would have gone a little like this:“Teacher, I want to say thank you. Before today, I chose a dream just because when I was growing up, adults always told me I had to know my dream. But now, I know that it’s okay if I don’t know what I want to do. If I don’t get into the best university in Korea, that’s okay. Now I know that what I learn is more important that where I learn it.”
Then, she did something that is very strange in Korean culture… She reached out and gave me a quick, awkward hug, as if she had never given one before, and walked away. As soon as she had turned the corner to leave, tears welled up in my eyes… I leaned my head against the nearest wall and cried tears of joy.”
THE TAKEAWAY: Rather than convince you to write, I would like you to imagine having the ability to go back and read stories from your life, check how well you’ve accomplished goals, and learn about the power of setting your intent. It really is easier than ever to start a blog these days. You don’t have to be in it for the money to be successful. By any monetary standard this blog is a massive failure, but thats not why I write it. I write it because it is my way of re-gifting the lessons life gives me in hopes that they will benefit others… including my future self. =) If you have any questions about starting your own blog, I would love to help! Here’s to the writer in you~ CHEERS!