“I write to make my life significant.”
“I write because I have to.”
“There are stories everywhere, you just have to be aware and “looking” for them.”
“You must live your life like a writer.”
I have read these quotes, and more, tucked into the pages of professional books on how to teach writing, how to be the world’s best writing teacher, and I would think, “Yeah, right. That is for everyone else in the world. Not me.” I have never thought of myself as a “writer”. In fact, there is only one other word I would never have used to describe myself –athlete. I am not, nor will I ever be, nor do I dream of becoming an athlete. Writer was just a step up from athlete. I never saw that as something I could do.
And then this SOL Challenge came along. For some reason, I jumped. Perhaps it was looking at all the fabulous prizes to be awarded at the end of the month. (I will do just about anything for a free book.) But now, I don’t care if I win or not. Now it is not about the fabulous prizes. It is about discovering my voice. It is about investing in myself with this time I set aside every day. (Thank you, Fran McVeigh for that powerful word! https://franmcveigh.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/march-challenge-sol15-day-one) It is about the wonderful surprise of finding stories hiding behind the corners of my life. It is about the satisfaction I receive as I watch my fingers dance over the keys and make the small moments of my life significant.
Writing has found a place in my life. I am so thankful I didn’t miss finding this gift.
So who am I, you ask?
I am a child of God,
I am a friend,
an ice-cream lover.
I am a washer of all things dirty,
a wiper of tears,
I am a writer.