A lot of people have asked me one thing. “Why are you doing this?”
If I’m honest, I’ve been thinking about writing for a long time. Throughout my career, I’ve had to use my writing skills (or lack of!) to get across messages to large numbers of people. But I have never written for, or about, myself. I honestly think that the best thing that someone can do is write something down.
Be methodical. See the pros and cons. This blog is a way for me to do that.
The last two years have shaped my life in ways that I never thought would be possible. I found myself in a situation where I had to move. I was caught up in a police investigation. I was caught up in a terrorist attack. I had to relocate to another part of the country for 2 months with no warning. I lost my job. I got a new job. I had a cancer scare, having been in remission for almost 10 years. I travelled. I saw a family member wither away.
Each of those things affects you. But you have to find a way of getting through it. I’ll be honest, I’ve not dealt with things in the best way, but writing is something that I feel can be cathartic.
I keep using that word: cathartic. There’s something about that word that just sounds nice.
I have friends who struggle with various issues. I struggle with some of the same issues. It’s very easy to put a smile on for the camera. It’s easy to escape for 30 seconds, just in time for your next tweet, Instagram story or Facebook post.
How many people ask the question “How are you?” on a daily basis? Probably just about everyone.
Now ask yourself: do you mean it? Do you really want to know? Are you just hoping that the person you’ve asked replies with a simple “I’m okay”?
I suppose that what I’m trying to say is dig a little deeper. Make sure that they’re okay.
There are 604,800 seconds in a week (thanks Google!). How many of those seconds do you use to genuinely care for someone else? Not enough. I know that I don’t.
I’ve said before that we all need a bit more happiness in the world. Let’s start from within – it’s surprising how much internal positivity can be projected outwards, just to make daily life that little bit easier to handle.
What have you done this week to make the world a better place, and what will you do next week? Answers in the comments please!