“we don't read and write poetry because it's cute. we read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. and the human race is filled with passion. so medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. but poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
- n.h. kleinbaum, dead poets society
whether it's a daily reflection, a limerick poem scribbled on a dirty napkin, or a ramble declaring your love for nutella on a kitchen chalkboard...we all need to write more. we need to take the time to pick up a ballpoint pen, find a scrap of paper on your dining room table, and let it all out like an overflowing flood dam surging through the narrow pathways of a tiny town. open yourself up and let nothing hold you back. you have no idea how liberated you will feel. you will beam with pride and you will not be able to contain your joy. you will smile.
i can think of no better food for one's heart and mind than to engage more deeply in writing (and reading). i do have a bias as an english teacher; however, i truly believe that each and every one of us has a fire inside and that our words and ideas need to be heard. i encourage you, no matter how intimidating it might be, to write something today. no one has to see it. you can even throw it away when you are done. but do it. your soul will thank you.