The collective unconscious of the world is playing me a song, and I hear it.
It started when yesterday’s Daily Prompt stumped me. Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? I had no idea. If you’re feeling generous, you’d say that I’m a versatile, well-rounded person. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you’d say I’m easily distracted and passionless. Either way, the point is valid — I couldn’t really think of one thing about me, or — by proxy — my blog, that sums up the message I want to translate to the people I meet along the way. I don’t have a cause, a mission, and my passions are fleeting.
Later, I sought out some posts about NaNoWriMo, to get in gear for a month of writing with one specific goal in mind. Many people were asking the question – NaNoWriMo, or no? – and most reasons for not writing come down to the same things.
- I don’t have time! To that, I say, in the words of H. Jackson Brown Jr– “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
- I don’t know how! Learn. And if you aren’t good at learning, learn how to learn. There are so many reasons to keep your mind active that someone could dedicate a blog to that concept alone.
- No one reads my work. This, I understand. Most people aren’t readers. If you take a picture, your friends will look at it and say how nice it is. If you paint art, they’ll take a glance. If you hand them a 50,000 word novel, they’ll wince and say they’ll get back to you. It’s probably not you, and probably not your novel-– it’s just that most people aren’t readers. I mean, some will pick up 50 Shades so they can keep up conversation, and others read Jane Austen in school… but most people don’t savor books or seek them out. Then you also have to combat their fear that they won’t like your book– no one takes advice well, no one likes to give bad news, and most people don’t like to lie. The situation is something out a Facebook relationship-status dropdown — It’s complicated.
So to people in that last category:
I’ll read your book. Even if you don’t finish, I’ll read your work.
That offer answered the Daily Prompt for me, too. The thing about me– the thing that distinguishes me as a person and a blogger– is that I am here for you. I tell people that I don’t have passions, I have interests. I married a writer/artist — a real one– so it’s easy to see the difference between someone with true passions and someone with passing hobbies.
But that’s not entirely my full story– I have a passion for people.
And if I had 10 seconds of your attention, that’s the message I’d want you to take away from my blog. I care about the stuff that happens to you, the stuff you do, and the stuff that makes you who you are. And if you need something, within reason, I’ll do what I can do to help. You are loved.
It’s not the glitziest message, but it’s sincere.
Life is heavy– so don’t carry it all by yourself!