Why Writing Keeps Me Sane
Writing for me has always been a way for me to express myself, whether I am happy,sad, angry or just full of ideas and need to get them out. I often wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a story or in some cases just a name for a character that has yet to tell a story. I am sure most writers are bombarded with ideas in their head that they just have to write down and store for future use. I keep a notebook and pen everywhere I go and just about every room in the house.
But writing didn’t start that way with me. For me writing was an escape from the chaos around me. When life would throw some really tough things at me, even as a child, I would want to write it. I would write short stories to take me away from the place I wish to escape. There were times when i was older that writing would be my peaceful place I would go to. I would find a quite spot at home or a spot under a tree in the park. But no matter where it was I could write down my thoughts and hopes and dreams. Being able to release pent up anger or unhappiness and frustrations of everyday life was a way for me to cope.
As I have gotten older and my kids left home to start lives of their own, I was left feeling the empty nest syndrome. I am sure many parents have gone through this, but for me it was a hard thing to deal with. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself. A life without kids at home left me wondering what to do with myself. I started sharing on Facebook about some of my passions, in the arts and history. I also started befriending a lot of authors and availing my self to read their books and to review them. As I was reading and reviewing books a thought occurred to me, I would love to be an author.
The very idea of being an author was a little intimidating as I wasn’t sure I had what it took. So either I wasn’t ready for that adventure or was just not sure where to start, so I did nothing. I continued helping and supporting other authors and posting on the things that interested me. I got lots of positive feedback from authors and people who enjoyed my posts. I even had a few authors say I should write a book, but I just kind of laughed it off. Who, me write a book ? I still didn’t have the confidence to give it a try or the timing just wasn’t right.
That all changed, I guess the time was right. An author friend, Victoria Adams,victoriasreadingalcove.wordpress.com ,came to me and gave me encouragement. She said to start with a blog, it would be a great way to start writing. So she guided me in the right direction and help me start this blog. My confidence built up and the support from awesome friends gave me the boost I needed to go for it. I am happy to say I am doing just that. When the time is right and the right people are in our lives, great things can happen.
If you have a dream you think is to far out of reach start surrounding yourself with people that have similar interests or they are in the field you wish to be. When you have people that give you support and positive feedback , those dreams aren’t as far away as you might think. I have to say I am thankful to all of the authors I have befriended in this journey I am on, and I am sure I would not be here without their support. But the one person I will be forever thankful for having in my life and giving me encouragement and hope, will be Victoria Adams.
I have a Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/pursuitofdreams/
This group is a place to share what or who has inspired you to follow your dreams. I would love to hear your stories if you would like to join the group and share. I hope I have shared just a little more about myself for my followers .