Inancienttimespeopleusedtowritewithoutspacesbetweenwords. Today we add pauses between our words – we make reading easy. There was a time when scribes copied books by hand, before the printing press was invented, when most people could not read or write. Today we can share our writing with a global audience in minutes. Isn’t it then a pity not to write something at least every now and then and share it with others?
Sometimes, following a comment or a link that you people leave here, I end up on a blog that has not been updated in years, or that has been closed. Many of you read but do not write. I think I can understand why. To keep on writing when you don’t have to is not easy.
What almost all of us do every day though is to read. We read things online, book, papers, posters, news. We have an innate need to know things. We are curious. We want to learn more.
Today not only our sentences, but also our lives are more fragmented — we divide our lives between screens, books, rooms, and travel destinations. We have multiple identities, multiple life stories — one we tell our friends, one we tell our loves, one we tell ourselves. Modern life allows us to be nothing and everything at the same time. To hide from the world and in that hiding, to be one with it. To be readers.
How do we give something back to all the wonderful reading that others have given us? Do we share their writing? Do we buy their books? Do we make others read it?
All of that, of course, but there’s an even better way to pay them back — by writing something ourselves. When we can, how we can.
Writing is an act of awakening. Our conscience awakens as we write, and as others read our writing, their conscience awakens, too. Our writing is a reflection both of who we are and of who we may become. Those of us who through some path or other discover the world of blogging, may as well use this opportunity to share ourselves with the world.
The ease with which we can write and publish online today is wonderful. We can share our thoughts and lives, and in the process, come to a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Every word that we write and that is read passes through another person, affects them in a way. It can bring them a sense of calm, it can distract them from their worries, it can trigger a chain of thoughts and ideas.
So, write posts, write text messages, write post-it notes, write on the walls, write whatever you feel like writing.
So long as we write, we will be deeply alive.