Sometimes you can’t find anything to write about, except the process of writing itself. As you all know, I have been completing a challenge that is hashtagged #52essays2017. It is basically where I write one essay a week for the entire year. So far, I’m nine weeks into the new year, which means I am 9 weeks into writing essays. What I thought would be an overwhelming feat, is actually pretty exciting and eye-opening for me.
When I was first notified of this challenge, it immediately intimidated me. I thought to myself, “there is no way I will be able to write 52 essays.” Because of this, I slept on it, and told myself that if I never take a leap and try something that I think is virtually impossible, how will I ever know if it truly was impossible? I decided at that moment, that #52essays2017 would not only help me accomplish what I thought was impossible, but also help me grow and develop as a writer; which is the most important thing to me.
Taking on this challenge has also helped me learn something about myself; something I probably never would have admitted to myself before. I never take leaps when the opportunity presents itself. The old me (more like the 2016 me) would have saw this opportunity and ran in the opposite direction. I would have focused on the reasons why I couldn’t do it, instead of the reasons that it would benefit me in the long run. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to prove to myself that I could push myself as a writer.
Writing essays was never something I thought I could be good at, but through this experience and finding other writers and bloggers; I have noticed that I am not alone. I am not the only one who has writing growing pains, or has bouts of intense writer’s block or horribly (at least what we think, lol) written blog posts or essays. I am in a community of human writers, who also have taken a leap to push themselves past what they think was their maximum point, and writing at least once a week about anything we put our minds to.
This essay in particular counts number nine. I still cannot believe I’ve successfully completed nine essays that range from talking about my family to my career. What I thought was going to be difficult, has actually been a pretty fun challenge to take on. I gave myself a challenge to write an essay, read three essays, and follow at least two other WordPress bloggers from this point on. I have read some great essays that have either sparked ideas for myself to dive into or touched me on a personal level.
Challenges like this really help you to realize and discover that there are so many great writers in this world. Some of the most wonderful storytellers are out there, writing blog posts and personal essays, sharing their innermost thoughts and memories. I’m proud to say that almost three months later, I am still amongst those willing to find the words to keep telling my stories.
This week, I dedicate this post to those who are still holding on to the process; and still allowing this journey to push our boundaries, help us grow and push past our comfort zone and find a new level of growth.
This post is for all the writers who are still writing, despite the challenges that the writing process may face. We’re in this to win it! Don’t give up, we got this! nine down, 43 to go!
To take a sneak peek at any of my previously read essays, check out the links below:
Week #1 – The Intro
Week #2 – Finding Our Way Back
Week #3 – A True Love at First Sight
Week #4 – Social Media Addicts Anonymous
Week #5 – Ramblings
Week #6 – A Lesson on Lying
Week #7 – Social Work: Helping Others Turn the Page
Week #8 – The Awkward Bird