A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. — Chinese Proverb
A few days ago a writer friend of mine asked on Facebook for her writer friends to post affirmations on why they write as a career.
My response was because the voices in my head won’t leave me alone until I do (write that is).
Although this may mean I’ve spent my entire life on the verge of a psychotic break,* I think it just means I have something to say — just like a bird has a song. It’s nature — the way I’m built, the only way I can be me. The same goes for my photography — I don’t photograph because I have a camera and can — I MUST use my camera or my world is simply not right. I have a driving desire to share with the world the way I see things — whether they want to look or not. My words and images do not hold THE answer to anything but my personal happiness. Without stories and photographs, my soul could not sing and I would probably just simply cease to exist.
I think one of the saddest things that can happen in life is when people try to analyze the enjoyment out something that they are driven to do — that they truly love to do. I’ve seen other photographers and writers (and horsewomen, too) cut themselves down with negative self-talk and worry until they make themselves utterly miserable. Whether or not you are really good at something doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t do it — if you like to write, WRITE; if you like to shoot photos; SHOOT! Don’t let the fact you don’t have THE answer stop you — SING anyway! Off key? Who cares!
Read my writer friend, Holly Michael’s, blog here: http://www.writingstraight.com.
*And just for your peace of mind, to quote Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory, “I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested.” Well mine did, too and I passed — for the most part.