You know, if truth be told, I would go to work, do my job, try not to bring it home with me at night. I am one of those people who is a firm believer in keeping work and home life separate as possible. I have always been a writer and a teacher all my life. I admit my writing skills in the last few years have slacked off. I just have not taken the time to become creative or put all these thoughts running around in my head on paper (or in this case in Word online). Heaven forbid I should ever have anyone ever read my stories or poems, I lacked the confidence to even consider that possibility.
Then something happened at work. I was instructed to learn a new software to help our employees interact better and our Intranet became more social. Our employee base is now composed of more millennials than people my age, I was forced to get out of my comfort zone you might say. This social media outlet that has allowed me to share some of my experiences and hobbies with others of like mind. Doing this and receiving the feedback from colleagues that I have never met has encouraged me to do something I only dreamed about doing. I’m now writing short stories and publishing them here in WordPress and other blogs. As with all my other accomplishments or even overcoming fears, I often force myself into situations and finally am happy and secure after the fact that it was the best decision that I could have made for my life. I now write at night and all weekend. Publishing my photography and receiving the positive feedback on both the stories and my photos from new friends all around the world, has given me the confidence to continue my photography and writing. Because this, afterall, is what I have decided I really want to do for my retirement career and this “blogging” has been a great introduction to a new and exciting endeavor.
I’ve only done this now publicly for almost 3 months, a very short time, but for an introvert, this is a huge step out of her box. The more frequently I publish, the more excited I get and the more ideas my little brain has whirring inside.
I thought then, why not share some of this excitement with you. I know there are so many of you out there with that “book” inside you that you want to write or that advice that you’re the only expert on. I had that book inside my head too, just couldn’t get it on paper. I didn’t know where to start. I look at it this way. I may not be brave enough right now to face the editors and publishers, but I am brave enough to blog. I am brave enough to write, and maybe that book will be written, one chapter at a time.