It's day 4 of reverb11: Addition through Subtraction - What have you let go of this year and how has it affected you?
I've given up a few things this year, and dialed back on a few other areas of my shenanigan-filled life, but those things were really neither profound or life changing. They simply were me making a different decision at the time from what I normally would.
One thing I let go of this year was the excuse that I'm not a writer therefore I shouldn't write. I decided early this year that I was kind of done with that thinking and although I'm still don't consider myself "a writer", I started writing. And I did so with some amount of consistency and with as much honesty as I could muster. I have really loved it and by giving up my excuses and just putting my words out there, I have gained some amazing friends, a few fun writing gigs, and a greater knowledge of who I am and what is important to me.
I don't have aspiration of getting published and I don't have a desire to write a novel any time soon. I am just feeling fulfilled by sharing my words with my friends, getting my thoughts out there for discussion and in many cases, advice (free therapy??), and hopefully entertaining or helping a few people along the way. It's a pretty simple goal and all it requires is a little bit of my time and a willingness to keep being honest and open. I'm OK with both of those things so I intend to keep at it as long as it continues to be something that enhances my life and doesn't interfere with me actually living it.
Thank you for reading my craziness and coming back for more. A good adventure is always made better by having great company along for the ride!