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What is it about writing?
Beginning is the hardest part for me.
Once I pick up the pen,
open the notebook,
sit down at the keyboard,
the writing is there.
It's always there.
Doesn't mean it's easy!
Writing is like a good friend
Forgiving and grace-full.
Fun and spontaneous
Difficult and challenging.
Writing pushes me
to be a better version of myself.
Writing reminds me
that I'm never alone, the words are always there.
never gives up, even when I've given up.
With ten days at home with over three feet of snow, writing found me again. It nudged me and reminded me to return. I'd only given my writing a perfunctory glance these past few months. I wasn't digging, I was only doubting. I'm writing again. Wake up at four a.m. to write morning pages. I have a new goal to write at least one page each day for my book. I'm writing a sticky note everyday and writing poetry with my students.
Last weekend, I drove a couple of hours to spend the afternoon with my friend Stacey and her daughter. I picked Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert to listen to on the drive. It felt like I asked a friend for advice about whether or not I should keep writing. I sat back and drank it all in. I've joined an active discussion about Teachers as Writers on Voxer and it's reminded me that I haven't been a writer and I need to get back to it.
Yesterday, I wrote a letter to my book draft. The one I'd pretty much abandoned for months. I apologized and asked forgiveness. I explained myself. I believe this is what forgiveness feels like.