Why Do I Do This? (not a poem)
Well, a couple of months in to this personal challenge and I thought I should take a moment to connect with all the lovely readers who hit the like button and leave encouraging comments.
A couple of years ago I decided to write a poem a day for a year – it was a challenge that would make a lasting and positive difference on me and my attitude towards creativity. My goal was to ‘short circuit’ the inner critic – get used to writing without constantly second guessing or judging my words.
Well, after that first year, I took about another year to edit, refine, format, and create the book “Falling Awake” – with what I hoped were the best of the year’s poems.
“Falling Awake” has been very well received – certainly not on the best seller list, but then, when was the last time a book of poetry hit the best seller list?
Looking back, I realized I missed that spark of creativity in the morning, that gentle goad to ‘write it down’, and I missed the people who visited the blog, the kind words, the funny banter, the actual connection with people from all over the world.
I think that might have been the greatest gift I received from that year of writing; the very real and heartening fact that, deep down, we all have similar fears and joys, memories and emotions.
So a couple of month ago I started again, maybe to prove to myself that it wasn’t just an anomaly and that I could do it again. Maybe just because I missed all of you and thought that if I left a trail of poems, I could coax you out to play again.
Please feel free to leave a comment. I appreciate every word and promise to reply.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.