Like most pleasures, writing can be a source of joy and anxiety alike. At first, there’s a obvious appeal to the craft by being seeing how eloquently someone may have expressed themselves as they recounted a gripping travel experience. Immediately we’re compelled to want to do the same but very often we’re stopped dead in our tracks because we overthink the process of doing.
My writing in 2015 took a nosedive not because of lack of worldliness to share but mainly due to parental responsibility. Running a blog has certainly incentivize me to ensure I don’t fall too far behind but for those wanting to get back into writing or want to just pick it up, in my experience, approaching writing is a lot like visiting a big museum: Don’t try to be too overly ambitious. The joy of it should be in discovering what you weren’t planning on seeing as much as what you had already built in your head outlining the perfect experience. You’ll be setting yourself up to become fully exhausting before even haven entered the museum or having picked up a pen.
The number one culprit in dissuading any of us from writing is this very notion that we have nothing of value to share. When this thought crosses your mind, think back to what Julie Zhuo makes a very valid point of: “No matter who you are, I know this to be a fact: you have interests. There is something you go to bed thinking about. There is some experience you’ve had that not everybody has had. There are lessons you’ve learned in your road less taken.”
Perhaps you’ll never be able to write vividly about a backpacking trip to India, or a short weekend spent in Santiago Chile mesmerized by the cultural phenomenon that is Cafe Con Piernas but the point is that you shouldn’t feel that you need to unless you had those experiences to begin with. Write what you know and perhaps equally important, share what you don’t.