I recently met someone who likes my writing. I consider him as part of my “tribe”. I write for myself and for people like him. We got chatting, and he asked these questions:
An impromptu meeting at a bus station turned into an information/mentoring session. It was interesting how we navigated all the different questions within 10 minutes.
Life is fascinating sometimes, and we get to understand how to better relate with others. Times like this make me realize that we are just passing by; we are all actors. We get to live life, leave our marks here on earth and pave the way for others to follow.
I liked his questions and appreciated the interest he showed in my work. It made me feel like I am doing something right. I often think I am not being noticed, but thank you for appreciating my work. I outlined some of these answers:
After chatting with him, it dawned on me that everything in life is a process. Yes, some people are gifted, but it still requires work. We have to discover our passion, be patient, practice, be consistent, and learn from others.
I remember, ten years ago, I couldn’t write the way I do today. It took work, criticism, mentorship, learning and dedication to improve my skills.
In a nutshell, I would say, time is the only “constant” we have. So, let’s use it wisely. You can either use your time to learn and grow or you can use it to play every day.
You can achieve what you set your mind to do. Develop a habit, partner with others, find mentors and learn from people.
One thing I always keep with me is: you cannot know how to write unless you write. Practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better you get at it.
Don’t forget to pen down your ideas throughout the day. Sometimes, I think of stuff in the middle of the night and I wake up to write them down (so I do not forget).
Finally, you can also record your thoughts and ideas and later transcribe and edit them. A recorded/written idea is better than a forgotten one.
Go forth and shine your light.