Overdue...
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Rachel Jacobsen
March 2011
Contributor
Written by
Rachel Jacobsen
March 2011

Today is one of those days where I absolutely must write.  In fact there is such an urgency to write, that I find it difficult to narrow down my thoughts to one topic, so much has happened since my last writing session.  Although I have journaled and talked with friends and family, there is something to be said about just plain writing.  My journaling is great for analyzing and objectifying difficult emotions, as talking to friends and family is good for objectifying my behavior, not always pleasing, but helpful nonetheless.  However, neither journaling nor venting can cover the liberating qualities of just straight up writing.

It's funny because I feel like I am having a secret affair with my writing.  I almost feel guilty that I know how liberating writing whatever the heck comes to your mind can be, as if I am sneaking around with this amazing secret.  Really it's not guilt, it's definitely gratitude, I am damn grateful I have writing in my life, not quite sure what would have happened to me if it wasn't.  The fact of the matter is, it's not a secret, my love for writing is so painfully put out there that it probably annoys people.  As I am known to leap onto anyone who has a love for reading, writing, or anything that would require one to do one or the other, or both.  So much so that I often steal the present conversation into areas where I leave people feeling stranded with no where to turn... So yes my love for writing is definitely no secret.

I am mostly grateful for my writing because it has taken me a lot of work to finally get to a point where I can just write what I think.  Which is the main reason I understand why people don't "get" writing, because they have to be willing to look at themselves, and subsequently they have to be willing to accept whatever perspective comes from looking at themselves.  What happens when you put down on paper the argument you had with your boyfriend the night before, and how will it change your perspective?  You never know what your going to get out of it, sometimes writing reinforces fears, while other times it disillusions them.  But for the "lifer" such as myself, for someone who has consistently maintained a writing relationship, writing begins to take on new meaning, like a really good bottle of wine it becomes more complex and interesting.  

I personally believe that the art of writing resides just outside of our need for reflection or reinforcement.  The point at which one puts down the journal and decides to just write.  The point at which your day no longer revolves around you, and your horizon expands to what's around you.  The vista of your life gets bigger, more interesting, and colorful.  Which elicits more emotions, more joys, and more everything!  This is the point at which you dedicate yourself, to sink or swim, once you've opened up the vista of life, you better keep writing about it, or it will consume you.  The little sanity I have, I intend to keep, and in the mean time, I write.

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