This essay came about from
participating in a writing contest hosted by Positive Writer. Thank
you for reading and know that you are enough.
For most of my adult life, I have felt I
wasn’t good enough to do anything worthwhile. Oh, I could clean, wash
dishes, feed my pets. I could even drive a car. I could hold down a
service type job.
Studying to be a librarian or a historian crossed my mind, or raise horses. Instead, I got married and did those service jobs, thinking that was all I was good enough for.
It’s probably too late to be a
librarian or a historian, needing education to be qualified for
either position and my apartment is too small for a horse (I’m grinning), but I can be a writer.
Being a writer is another position I wanted to fill. I wrote a lot during my growing up years. I wrote in a journal and tried my hand at short stories. My husband didn’t discourage me but didn’t offer much encouragement either, indicating in so many words that my writing would probably not be noticed.
In spite of feelings of inadequacies I wrote. I wrote in my journal and wrote stories. I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and her other works. To be like Jo March and writing her days away in a little attic hideaway was a dream of mine.
Since those years I come across writers such as Brenda Ueland who was the first writer I read that made me see I had a chance at being a writer. Her no-nonsense encouragement had me sitting in awe as I read her words. I have read her book If You Want to Write several times and will surely reread it
Then I found Natalie Goldberg’s writings. She was the same in the fact she emphasized no
matter who you are or your circumstances, if you want to be a writer, you can be.
There are others too like Bryan Hutchinson, Jeff Goins, Jennifer Blanchard, to name a few. These have, in their ways put it out there that a person is good enough, we are all good enough to be who and what we want to be. They have convinced me anyway.
Where this essay is mostly about writing, I include any creative endeavor a person intends to pursue, be it painting, crafts of all sorts, or maybe researching, exploring.
I’m here to say to anyone who reads this that you are good enough to create what you would like to create. We all have something to give, share with the world we are in at this
time in our lives. There is room for our words. We may not reach everyone, but there is a group of one or many who are waiting to read what we have to say.
If we go out of this world without leaving our words, our stories, the world will suffer and be sad for the loss. They may not know it, but there will be a sense of something missing. It could be your words, your paintings, or some unknown discovery. Don’t let that happen.
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