I’ve always written. But I haven’t always called myself a writer.
Somehow, it felt like a title that had to be bestowed by someone else. As though as some point I would reach some kind of indeterminate level of professionalism which would qualify me to actually ‘be’ what I doing. I had already had a few freelance jobs, so I knew people were willing to pay me for working with words, but still, in my mind, that wasn’t enough. Surely there was some official signifier that I hadn’t hit yet.
Except that no-one actually does ever tell you you’re a writer. And so one day, I just decided. I ordered some business cards, and right underneath my name, I had them put one word –
Everybody has gifts.
Some of our gifts get more external validation, and therefore develop more naturally. Gifts to do with the ability to make a sale, plan a project, or generate enthusiasm around an initiative or brand will generally find plenty of outlet and affirmation in a variety of fields of work.
But not all gifts shine as easily in everyday life. This is especially true with gifts to do with the arts.
Change is always risky. Right?
You can’t be sure what results you’ll get. You don’t don’t what unintended consequences might arise from your new approach. You don’t know how people will react… though you have your suspicions it won’t all be positive.
What is even more risky than change, though, is not changing.
“Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away…”
Odds are you’ve heard or read that one before. It’s one of the more often-circulated inspirational quotes.
It’s one that’s always bugged me. Let me explain why…