I often get asked Why I Write. My usual response is ‘Oh it’s just a bit of a hobby.’
But recently I have been thinking, is it a hobby or is it more than that? And why do I write about such personal stuff.
I think the best answer I can give is that I do it in the hope that someone out there who is going through a tough time might read something I have written and go ‘Wow, that’s exactly how I feel.’ and know that they are not alone out there. They may even find something in my writing that will help them find a solution to their problem or make them feel better about their situation.
It’s a bit like reading a really great book and being able to identify with a character really well. You feel like you know that character because that character could so easily be you. Sometimes I find myself wishing that I could express how I feel as well as some authors do.
I have always been a writer, even when I was younger. I kept a diary for quite a few years or oftentimes when I was in turmoil I would just write stuff down on a bit of paper. It helped clear my thoughts.
Much of what I have written here has been very personal but writing it down has been very cathartic in some ways. Almost like therapy!
Also, these days many people lead such busy lives and are looking for tips they can implement in their own lives. People want to know how to save money, they want to know how to keep the house clean and organised, they want to know how to raise good kids. So if something I write can help another person then that surely has to be a good thing.
Another big reason for me is that writing and blogging keeps my brain active. I have a slightly higher chance of getting Alzheimers Disease because of my Mum. Every piece of research I’ve ever read suggests that keeping your brain active and learning new skills is an important way of keeping the ‘Big A’ away. Blogging has certainly been a big learning curve for me. There is still lot’s of techy stuff that I’m not sure about, but when I start talking about blogging to someone I realise how much I have learnt.
Do you write or have a hobby? How do you keep your brain active?