Prompt: Why do I write?
I write because I have always been very good at putting words together, whether for an assignment, a project, a diary, a hobby, or for professional or personal reasons.
Usually I have many different journals, diaries, and notebooks going at once, both written and typed, of all different types of writing: lists, dreams, memories, ideas, favorite quotes, and more.
A main reason why I write is to remember. As I get older, my memory isn’t what it used to be. As such, I try to put what I want to remember into words. Photographs also help me remember, but words are different. Looking back, I’m glad I wrote about important times in my life, whether joyful or sorrowful. It’s great to relive the day my niece was born. It’s heartbreaking to relive the day my brother in law died. I’m able to relive these moments because I documented these events with my words.
Another reason why I write is to share my experiences with others. For so long, I thought I was alone in going through different times of trial. However, I’ve learned that many others have gone through the same trials and overcome similar obstacles. Just as some of my favorite writers have inspired, encouraged, and comforted me, I hope that my words will inspire, encourage, and comfort someone else.
Writing is important to me, and the more that I practice, the better I get. I hope that, next year at this time, I look at what I am writing right now and see improvement, while enjoying the memory of sitting here in the library with the sun shining through the window.