Why I Write

As my life took a few crazy turns in the past few months,  I’ve been busier than ever, trying to readjust to the current situation and also to keep up with everything I want to do further on. I’m working on improving my programming skills which eats up most of my time, I have two books on the making which I had to postpone for now because of the lack of time (same happened to my painting projects), I try to be as active as possible on the blog, keep in touch with my friends from both here and abroad, stick to a strict exercise schedule, while dealing with a few flu episodes and other events which did their best to push me off track.

Considering all of this, I was asked a few times already, why do I still focus on other things as well, like writing, instead of focusing on something more useful, which will actually make me earn money.

After having a wonderful conversation with my dear blogger friend, Nihar, I’ve decided to write a few thoughts on why do I choose to write, and how do I see the return on such an investment.

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I might be one of the weird types, but I take joy in the small things in life. I don’t need to earn or spend a lot in order to be happy, I don’t need to earn money from everything I do in order to feel successful and appreciated, and I definitely don’t believe earning can be resumed to money only. Those who only earn material things in life, are some of the poorest people I’ve seen.

So what does writing bring me?

Every time I write something, I learn more, I share more, I meet even more amazing people. If your passion is attached to materialistic gain, and you can’t see the beauty and joy in the simplicity of exchanging thoughts and experience, you will lose much more in life, than money can ever bring you.

For me writing is an investment much more valuable than words can describe. Nothing makes me happier than sending an idea out there and receiving messages, comments, emails from people thanking me for inspiring them and making their life better, and telling me how much they appreciate my work. This always brings tears of joy to my eyes! Also, seeing a blogger friend inspired by something I write, and posting an article about my thoughts, is some of the best payment around.

time to be a writerMy rewards comes from the simple things writing gives back: a smile, a thank you, a positive feedback, inspiration, appreciation, change, new friends and every single one of them, has the power to make me richer and richer inside.

Nothing money can buy will even enrich your spirit in such a beautiful way, as these intangible rewards can. Also, no other tool around can bring you in the center of so many talented, passionate and dedicated people, with whom you can start such meaningful conversations.

That considered, many thanks to all my readers for rewarding me everyday, in many wonderful ways. Starting my blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and yes, writing does pay, more than a regular job ever will. You just have to open your heart and feel the reward.

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27 thoughts on “Why I Write

  1. How elegantly you express these feelings that are no doubt lurking in all of us who do this sort of thing just for the rush of pleasure that it brings to our lives. I see the avatars of my friends (like above – waving to my good friend, taphian, who had been here moments before I arrived) and I know that so many of us are on this same wavelength, i.e. the beautiful doors in Greece that I have been able to enjoy through her eyes.

    It isn’t exactly like being able to sit down with each other to share a cup of steaming liquid, but being able to share the beauty that we see in our daily lives is most fulfilling. I was thrilled to be able to share the joy I feel when I look at the profusion of pink flowers on the tree by my house, and that makes the enjoyment of it all the stronger. Now every time I look at that tree, I will recall what my friends said about their own enjoyment of that tree.

    These blogs are just such treasures! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    • Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Judie! I also see blogs as small treasures, spread all around the world. It’s so beautiful to be part of something so big, as a community of writers.
      I still have in my head the picture of those gorgeous pink flowers, for which again, thank you for sharing. 🙂 I work the same way as you do. I remember some of the comments I received from friends, and go back to their words when I am in a certain location, moment of state of mind.
      What a wonderful feeling. Have a lovely day and to many more posts to come!
      Lots of hugs,
      xo

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    • Haha, no problem 🙂 It happens. It’s really pleasant to see how many people experience writing in the same way I do! I was never part of such a big community of talented people before. Feels so good!
      I also used to write with a fountain pen!!! I absolutely loved the feeling it gave me. I’m happy I managed to bring back some good memories 🙂

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      • RE: Fountain pen . . . funny story. When I was in school learning to be a secretary (1958 to 1961), we had to write our shorthand with a fountain pen because ball point pens were just coming out and deemed not totally reliable. So we had to carry around a bottle of ink and a fountain pen at school all day. At some point, Parker came out with a fountain pen with an interchangeable cartridge bladder, which obviated the need for the dangerous bottle. Whew! What a relief!

        A couple of years ago, I noticed that an office supply store had a display case of Parker fountain pens, and of course I couldn’t resist photographing the offerings. A waltz through the net just now provided me with the information that the cartridges are still being sold in a five-pack container, so someone must still be writing with a fountain pen. Yay! ;->

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      • Thank you so much for sharing that amazing story with us, Judie! Actually, I still have my fountain pens from when I was a child and I believe I still have around the house a few cartridges. 🙂 One day, not too many years back, I felt the need to experience that smoothness in writing with a fountain pen, so I took one of them out, and write with it an essay. What a wonderful feeling! So, I’m sure there must be others out there, as well.
        Hugs! 🙂 x

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    • Thank you so much for reading, Jet, and for your lovely words! I’m happy to know you got inspired by my words 🙂 Writing really makes me happy, especially when I see a post reaching its target, so I won’t stop doing it anytime soon. Hugs

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    • Thank you so much, Gin! I’m happy to know you enjoy my posts. 🙂 I would feel terrible to give up on writing. It gives me so much back, that I can’t imagine my life without it, at least not right now. I hope you won’t stop writing either, as your blog is one of my favorite. I would really miss your adventures 🙂
      I know what you mean about blogs disappearing. Unfortunately, some people don’t have too much time or energy left, after they come back from their job, in order to keep writing. It happened to one of my friends as well. It’s sad, but it does happen.
      Have a lovely evening! x

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      • It’s true that it’s time consuming, when you actually read blogs and interact with other bloggers. I’m lucky because my job allows me some free time (for example, when the work day is done, I don’t have to work at home), but I suppose other people don’t have that opportunity (especially people with kids). I hope I will stay motivated ! I’ve had a blog on livejournal for 3 years, a few years ago, but I stopped because all the people I was interacting with disappeared as well. Blogging is about interaction, and that’s what keeps you motivated. Thanks ! Have a nice evening as well 🙂

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      • I suppose you are right. Once people you interact with, disappear, it’s harder to keep writing. Actually, every online community has a beginning and an end, and so might have WordPress. It would be a pity though, to see bloggers go, so I hope this won’t be the case, or at least, not anytime soon 🙂

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  2. Such a sweet flow of beautiful thoughts on writing…indeed Lucy the beauty of writing is in its simplicity and brevity.
    The way you have taken the challenges in life is what makes life more beautiful, how we handle the adversities we face. All great things in life happens in times of adversity. The problem we encounter in life is many times is not in our control but the solution what we can create to solve those problems are well within us. Rightly said so, writing can a great means to thinking creative solutions to such complex and mundane problems of life we facing day in day out…writing makes us think better and face it better.
    Indeed, the pleasure is in sharing, listening to others voice, learning from others thoughts, engaging with so many new friends with such vast knowledge on diverse topics makes it magical.

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      • My pleasure, Nihar! Thank you so much for inspiring me to actually finish the article. After our conversation, the words just fell into the right places, on their own 😀 I’m really happy you enjoyed my writing!
        As you said, writing can only help us find more solutions to our problems, and can only enrich us, through the interactions we have with others. Yes, magical, I would say.
        All the best, and to many more beautiful writings and interactions! 🙂
        Have a lovely day!

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      • You have indeed captured the beauty of writing…I just loved the conversations with you, the thoughts, the clarity, the flow, everything so nice. Perhaps that’s what we all look forward to in exchange of ideas between good friends…

        By shifting your creativity onto my inspiration is not correct. You have the beautiful thoughts…it is just that our interactions ignited it.
        😀

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      • Very well said, Nihar! I’m very happy we had the conversation though, as that triggered the inspiration 🙂 Again, thank you for your lovely words! Your feedback is always very much appreciated!

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  3. Love this post. You’ve expressed how I feel about writing, too. It’s not something you do for money – it’s something you do for joy! If you make money, that’s great. But I think the happiness writing brings me is just as important.

    Keep writing! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for reading! I’m surprised to see how many people agreed with this. I know some would never invest so much time and dedication into something, unless it returns cash. I feel like the reward, in our case, is much more precious than any amount of money 🙂 You also keep writing! Looking forward to reading more!

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    • Thank you for reading! True enough, but not valid for everyone. Some only want that coin. I’m really happy to have around me people who see the importance of having things which can’t be expressed in coins!

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    • Thank you! It’s nice to read this, really 🙂 I also hope so, but I find it hard to find time for everything I want to do. However, I do love to write, so I’ll finish them for sure. Now is all a matter of when 🙂 xo

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