Writing might be scary and fun

I find writing really useful for reflecting on thoughts and experiences, but I’ve been holding back from sharing my writing publicly. I just kept thinking, why turn that writing outwards and risk judgement and embarrassment when you could keep it safely wrapped up?

Maybe it’s the new year, a new start, or maybe something in me shifted when my coach challenged me to reflect on my relationship with creativity and safety.

What kept spinning in my head was how staying safe doesn’t create growth, and how much I love supporting this in others, yet I’d been ignoring myself.

Last year I needed stability and safety when there was a lot of uncertainty around, but this year seems a good enough time to explore more outside of my comfort zone.

What has stopped me from writing before?

  • I don’t have any interest in promoting myself as an expert so I have no strategy of what to write about.
  • I don’t think my thoughts are as static as a page and I change my mind about something when I learn something new about it.
  • I don’t like the idea of feeling judged.

These all still sound like reasonable arguments to keep me safe and still, but that also sounds boring. I’d rather take myself less seriously and have fun exploring the experience of being a human, preferably with others.

What has inspired me to start writing now?

  • I want to challenge my own thinking and see new perspectives on thoughts and opinions I’ve created.
  • I want to fail more. I love learning new things and I learn by failing a lot, even if it hurts sometimes.
  • I challenge my coaching clients every day to do hard things and I wanted to live what I breathe.

So here’s me doing a hard thing — pressing publish with no idea what I write next! 👀

This post is part of a series of atomic essays on Twitter for #Ship30for30




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