I’ve been teaching a College to Career class at our local university. I teach it as a workshop-style format and spent the first couple of weeks guiding the students through a bit of self-exploration about their interests, values, personality—all ingredients to help them make a more fulfilling career choice, or at least give them a handle to think about the topic.
Some of the students have been a little resistant towards the exploration. I get it. Some personalities just automatically go to a why this doesn’t apply/ work for me or why I don’t need it analysis. Unfortunately, a blanket dismissal keeps them from learning and growing. Certainly, they can throw it away if it doesn’t work for them, but I try to gently push them to at least consider the concepts they are learning. I encourage the students to remove the judgment from the experience and be open to thinking about the information.
I guess that’s how I feel about this writing journey too. I will benefit most if I remove the judgment and be open to the lessons. After pouring myself into writing almost full-time for a couple of years you'd think I'd have more publications or at least tidbits of sage advice under my writerly belt. I don't. But here are a few things I have learned:
- Be open to the experiences. Most are unexpected. Not all of them may prosper me as a writer, but all will move me forward and teach me, if I allow.
- Choose who and what I listen to carefully. There is a lot of writing noise out there--how to, what to, should be doing, goals, word counts, advice-- it’s important to be still and listen to my own heart and trust my own creative leadings.
- Wallow in my writing friendships. Yup, like a piggy in mud, find joy and relief in their company.
- Write, write and write some more. And have fun doing it. Quit taking myself and I Am A Writer so seriously.
- Write as a gift for others. Find my unique purpose and mission. It helps remind my ego to take a back seat too.
- Being a Writer is not my sole identity. Feed the whole person and ultimately the writer will be fed too.
Come to think of it, these aren’t bad life-lessons either.
|Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh|