I recently watched a movie called The Sound of Metal. If you’ve not watched that movie, I highly recommend that you do. There’s this one quote from the movie that has stuck with me.
All I want you to do is just sit. All I ask is if and when you cannot just sit, you turn yourself to the pen and paper that I’m gonna supply for you. And I want you to write. Doesn’t matter what you write, how you write, whether it’s spelled correctly. Or if it’s just a big mess. I don’t care. No one will read it, okay? But I want you to keep writing continuously without stopping until you feel like you can sit again.
The movie is about a drummer who begins to lose his hearing. Understandably, this is a very difficult experience for him and he is asked to process his loss by just sitting alone in peace and writing.
But why write?
The world has changed a lot in recent years. We are asked to continuously be productive and when we are not being productive, we are asked to indulge in self-care. We are almost never not still. We never sit with our thoughts and just think.
I think that’s quite sad.
When was the last time you sat idly and just let your thoughts run wild? When was the last time you just let yourself be? When you didn’t care about accomplishing a task or fulfilling your goals? You just sat and let the time pass you by.
The truth is most of us don’t do this often enough. We are always rushing, we are always in the pursuit of something. The self-help gurus have convinced us that we should always be hustling and thriving.
I personally think that just sitting by yourself and not doing anything is an underrated way of enjoying our lives. And this is where writing comes into the picture.
I believe that we should all be writers.
No, I am not asking you to write a novel every year or a blog post every day. I am also not asking you to get a degree in English literature or creative writing. You can study or work wherever you want and still be a writer.
All I am asking you to do is sit with a blank paper and pen and just let yourself be.
Writing is something that you can fit in your life even if you’re busy all the time. Are you a working professional and don’t have too much time? Just write 5 lines about how busy you are before you go to bed.
Are you a student who’s fed up with online classes and staring at screens all day? Take a break and spend some time with blank paper and pen.
Some reasons why you should write
Some people write to communicate
Writing was definitely invented for the purpose of communication. With any act of writing, the writer is either trying to communicate something to another person such as through a letter or even to oneself as a list of things to do, for example.
Some people write to express opinions
Most of us have opinions about a wide variety of things. And writing has always been one of the best ways to express our opinions and influence others into our way of thinking. No, you don’t always have to shout them out on social media. Sometimes you can just keep your opinions to yourself and write about them in your personal diary.
Some people write to release emotions
Love, hate, anger, frustration, happiness, contentment. Writing enables you to capture your emotions at their strongest and translate them into creative works. Therapeutic, soothing and satisfying, the written word has been taken to great heights through sublimation.
Some people write to share oneself
Just as we enjoy talking about ourselves and our experiences, we also enjoy writing about our lives and times! Just as personal diaries make interesting reading, opening out your life to a reader is an exciting experience, for you and your audience.
Some people write to describe an event or a feeling
Ever been driven to write right after a birthday party, or a rainy day? Everyday events and feelings are great stimulators of creativity, especially because it gives you the chance to turn a mundane tale into something extraordinary!
“When I’m writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness.” —Maya Angelou
Benefits of writing
There are many benefits when it comes to writing when you choose it as a hobby
You don't need a lot of supplies to start writing. Just a notebook and a pen or a blank word document.
It's something that one can pursue privately. You don’t have to share your words with the world if you aren’t ready. You can keep your feelings confidential.
It doesn't have to be time-consuming, a quick 5 min session can help too!
Writing helps us live our moments twice-- both happy and sad. It’s how we make sense of our life. Sometimes we only see our mistakes in retrospect. Sometimes we only see how good someone has been to us when we are looking back.
If you keep a journal over many years, you’ll also see how much you’ve grown. I have been journaling since I was 14 years old and whenever I read my old journals, I am overwhelmed by emotions. Some of my words are embarrassing but most of the time, I find my own words cute. I was a dramatic child, like all 14 years old usually are. I am also sometimes reminded of things that I have completely forgotten about and it brings a smile to my face. Old friends and jokes that I would have completely forgotten if I hadn’t written them in my diary.
Writing also helps me learn new things about myself all the time. As I am analyzing my own actions and words, I realize the mistakes that I’ve made. Not only that, but I also realize the things that I should be proud of.
The great thing about writing is that you don’t need a lot of things to begin this hobby. All you need is a pen and paper or a keyboard and a blank document. Chances are you already have these things. Unlike any sports like football or volleyball, you don’t need a team for this hobby. You can be stuck in a room alone all by yourself and you can still write.
When you’re writing, I want you to stop worrying about grammar or how bad your handwriting looks. Just write. The good thing about writing is that you don’t have to share your words with the world if you don’t want to. You can let your deepest desires spill onto the paper without worrying about what others might say. You can share all your secrets.
As an introvert, I can't really think in social situations. I am too focused on being nice to the other person. But when I write, it is like I have a dialogue with myself. I love it because it forces me to question my own ideas and get to the core of my emotions. I can allow myself to be vulnerable without feeling like a burden to someone else.
"Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those that do not write, compose or paint, can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic and the fear inherent in the human condition." Graham Greene
So, what are you waiting for? Just grab a pen and paper and write. Try it once and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it again. But if you do enjoy it, you’ve just discovered a new hobby for yourself.
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