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Everyone loves the satisfaction of surprise, both the familiar and unfamiliar. And I certainly have much to share with you.
I used to write all the time. I used to read all the time too. Growing up, I spent 3 hours on the school bus every day shuttling to and from school and voraciously read a few books a week. As a teenager I figured I’d be a writer ‘when I grew up’ and even started off my first year of university as an English major. I wrote all the time in those years, the boxes of journals weighing down my attic are proof as well as the heaps of poetry books that still line the bookshelves in my home library (yes! I have a home library. Another tell). I got distracted by the world though as I made my way through it and somehow couldn’t make sense of how I’d actually make a living at it. Gradually my daily writing stopped as other activities and hobbies took its place. There simply didn’t seem to be enough time.
It’s not that I’ve stopped writing all together, but it’s that my approach to writing changed. My name is Aidan, and I am a Binge-Writer.
I’ve been desperate to get back to writing more often, like the desert craves water. I missed it as a means to de-clutter my mind and to try and make sense of all that clutter. Years of filing away experiences, emotions, knowledge gained, observations, and junk have literally just gotten too heavy to carry in what seem like just loose notes in my head. It’s time to start writing again.
Becoming a parent has lit a number of fires within me. There’s SO much that I feel I have to and need to do, for myself and for my kids. There is enough time but it is moving fast. I have also observed that many of the hokey sayings about having children are true, time moves at an irrecoverable pace and it’s gone before you even knew it was there. The one I love the most that truly speaks to me bears no hokeyness at all, by Gretchen Rubin: The days are long and the years are short.
Ain’t that the truth.
So, here I am writing again. To you. There is just SO much to discuss and explore and share.
Question of the day: Have you returned to something that used to bring you joy and happiness in the past but that fell by the wayside? What brought you back to it?