Confessions Of This Writer's Day Lately...
"I confess...as much as I like to stay informed, and I like to know what is going on in the world around me, I have stopped watching..."
Confessions Of This Writer’s Day Lately
I confess…as much as I like to stay informed, and I like to know what is going on in the world around me, I have stopped watching the news daily. Oh sure, I am still connected by my devices (as I write on my iPad), and so I see highlights of the top news stories, if…I choose to click, and if…it doesn’t at first glance seem too depressing, or a report that will obviously bring my endorphins down, because, in all honesty, I have had enough.
I have had enough of COVID updates, monkey what-ever-that-latest-health-risk is, random, violent attacks in my city, the war in the Ukraine, gas prices, rising inflation, global warming, weather catastrophes, and fires, or the fires that are about to hit.
No wonder mental illness and drug overdoses are out of control, we, as a society are being bombarded by daily negative feedback on the news. Secretly, I miss my newscasters, and my weather peeps, but not their news stories, sorry, this woman needs a break.
I remember reading many years ago a suggestion by a well-known health guru who said that watching the news, or watching something with daily negative feedback is very unhealthy, and contributes to personal stress levels and impacts our overall good health. I get it.
I’m not suggesting that we bury our heads in the sand and ignore what is going on in the world. I’m suggesting there are times when we need to unplug in some ways and nurture our souls. For me it is writing, that’s my unplug to the negativity, and I’m grateful for it.
When tough emotions hit me on my journey in life, whether it be a personal issue, or a friend’s failing health, or other people’s struggles around me, or the state of affairs that seem to be so off-kilter in the world right now, these factors on my path gratefully fertilize my ability to write. It might be poetry, or it might be a story, but when the words flow I need to step back from things and just do it.
I don’t necessarily write about the bad stuff, sometimes I just write to release my emotions through the act of writing, (not dissimilar to journalling). I have written to escape trauma, or hard emotions, or to escape the feeling of my loss of control to fix everything, (I’m a nurturer, an empath, and well...a mom.) I’m geared to want to write to make things better, to be there, for myself and others who might need help, to fix things, to dry up the tears, or to just simply entertain others to make the world a better place, if only for a while, by sharing my writing…and so, here I am, spending a lot of alone time, stepping back now and then, from the world, iPad beneath my fingers, having produced 22 chapters of a new novel within about a 3-week period, and I’m in heaven.
I’m writing an adult romance/fantasy/‘beach read’, and I’m not entirely sure how ever aspect of the story will go right now, but I’m inspired, and my fingers are flying.
Have you missed me because I have not even posted on my websites and my social media accounts very often lately? Well, I miss you, too, but, rest assured, I have not forgotten you! I’m working on something new, and I hope it will see the light of day down the road somewhere.
After all, if we can get up and spend our day doing something, anything, that brings us joy and fulfillment, isn’t that really the secret of how to live each day? Sure, I have responsibilities, sure, I help a shop out down the road, sure, I have family, friends and outside activities, but when I get home (whahoo!) I write!
So forgive me if I am not fully news informed, forgive me, if I forgot to return a call, text or email until it is too late in the day, because I have most likely been writing, and when those words are flying, and my little knobby fingers are trying to keep up, and my heart is beating with joy in that inspired moment, just know I will contact you as soon as I come up for air. You are all important to me, but sometimes I just have to take care of myself, feed my heart and my soul, and enter what I am creating into my device while it is fruitfully flowing, so that one day I will be able to share something new with you. Thank you for your patience.
I confess…I feel today, in this grateful moment, I am right where I should be…just blissfully writing…