SO, now that I have the initial blogwardness (just made that up) out of the way, I feel that I can open up to some areas that some may be sensitive to or about. That’s fine, I want people to see what types of benefits there can be to “not being okay.” That is, when you’re feeling defeated or just overall negative, I suggest that you should write. Why? I’ll show you.
Over the past year or so, I have found myself learning much about jobs, relationships, and life situations. One of the coolest results of these occurrences has been my constant transcription of it all. I have written candid thoughts or streams of consciousness in a word document that I keep, dating it as I go. Every time that I seemed to have visited this document, I was in a TOTALLY separate state of mind from the one I was in from the previous time I wrote an entry. The ebb and flow of emotion and changing feelings over time are extremely interesting to look at.
I need to mention that in recent months, I have also discovered and continue to follow a newly found passion – photography. My passion for photography inspired the name of the blog you’re reading. I don’t know how I was called to start snapping pictures of every sunset, or to start waking up at ridiculous hours of the morning just to capture the sun come over the horizon, all I know is that I do, and it makes me unbelievably peaceful! Either way, I have learned about a really awesome type of photography- time-lapse. The official definition of time-lapse is: the photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that take place slowly over time. When the frames are shown at normal speed, or in quick succession, the action seems much faster.
The changes that take place slowly over time. I’ll tell you that I didn’t realize what I had done in my writing, but as I read through the previously mentioned document, I realized my transcription of events had slowly been forming the frames of a time lapse picture of my heart. I sat and I read about my challenges, and exactly what I was feeling at the moments that I had written. Every “frame” captured some type of progress that I had made. As I laughed and sometimes even winced at my own words, I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
So, let me ask you- Does it ever seem to you that nothing changes? Sometimes you may feel complacent or bored. You come home every day and do the same thing. Even IF you’re having a good time with friends and family, going out, enjoying events…you may still feel like you’ve gone…nowhere. What if all that was missing was a way to gauge where you are in your life? If you can’t see how you were doing a year ago, how are you going to be able to see how much you’ve changed?
Yep, look at you now, smarty, you saw this sentence coming from a mile away. The solution to the problem is simple: Write. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they think they’re not good writers, or how they don’t have the time to write. I am without a doubt in no place to be talking about how to write! I mean after all, I feel like I write like I talk, know what I mean? However, when I did it, I understood it, and that’s all that mattered.
I understand your resistance. There is always a level of fear leaving your comfort zone. It’s hard to find the time to Those are awful excuses for not doing what I suggest. Writing in a journal isn’t submitting an article to be graded by a critical teacher, and it’s not meant to share even with the closest heart. It’s a way for you to communicate with you. So, write something that you and only you understand! It’s too important to excuse not doing. Weird? No.
Understanding how you grow and develop as a friend, parent, lover, spouse, employee, or student could be the biggest key in continuing to adapt and succeed in life with those relationships. Writing down your thoughts is a way for you to look at EXACTLY what’s going on upstairs. Your literature is sealed, and locked in time. It’s YOURS. Once you write it down, you can see it, revisit it, and sometimes… realize that EVEN YOU make mistakes; you learn. Let me put it to you this way: When I was a little kid, I didn’t I was growing until I went to my Grandma’s house! Seriously- you can’t see when you’ve changed, right? I was the saaaaaaame height all year long until I went there. I would go down into the basement, and stand up as big and tall as I could against an area that all my cousins, brothers and myself had been measuring up to for years. I remember I would find my name from my previous visit in the storage room. Upon locating my name, I would quickly turn around, and press my bowl-cut to the wall, then pucker-up to be measured. Then, the exciting moment- I could turn around, and little by little, see how much I had grown. Time Lapse.
We are constantly growing, learning, and maturing. It’s easy to lose sight of where we stand on that front. Feeling lost? Do yourself a favor. Keep track of who and where you are. Know where you’ve been, so you can make sure you know where you’re going.