Last Friday I mentioned how I almost left the house with no pants on. Sadly, it was true and not just a funny thing to write in a post. My mornings are hectic with trying to get a 1 and 3 year old up, dressed, fed and in the car by 8:30. My mind is racing trying to remember everything that needs to accompany us out the door, sippy cups for the girls, yoga mat and knee brace for me. Well, last Thursday I was so focused on getting the girls dressed and ready that I forgot to finish dressing myself.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are the worst because I need to get the oldest to my mother-in-law’s daycare before going to the gym with the little one. If it was just taking our oldest to the MIL’s then its no big deal. The little one can stay in pj’s to do that. It’s the gym that throws a wrench in my routine. I love going to the gym, for what it does to and for my body and the energy it gives me is awesome, but most days just getting out of the house is a struggle.
After I found some pants I juggled the little one with my purse, water bottle, her sippy cup and the yoga mat. All the way to the car I found myself muttering: “I don’t need pants to write.” Then it dawned on me. There are so many to aspects to writing that make it the perfect for me.
For instance, I don’t have to wear pants. If I want to sit at my desk naked for all but a purple felt hat with a giant orange plume sticking out of it, I can. I won’t. But I can.
I became curious as to what other writers got out of writing, you know, other than killer book deals and millions of adoring fans. I mean, that happens to every writer, right?
Anyways, to feed my curiosity I posed another question to Twitter. (It’s starting to become a habit with me, isn’t it?) I asked fellow writers what they think are the best aspects to being a writer. Apparently, I’m not the only one that looks at the loose dress code as a positive; being able to wear pj’s while writing was a major response.
Other responses involved being able to daydream at work and not get fired. In fact, it’s rewarded. Let’s see some of our corporate friends get caught daydreaming and see what happens. (Could you imagine what would happen if they’d show up without any pants?)
One of my favorite tweets likened the excitement of telling a story to telling an awesome secret. Isn’t that truth? When the words are flowing and the story is falling nicely into place your adrenaline starts pumping and it’s like you have this great secret that only you know and its time to share it with the world. Awesome feeling.
Some tweeps talked about the freedom writing gives you; how the control of the story is in your hands. You can set it wherever you want, involve whomever you want and do with it want you want.
Hilary Clark, who visits our blog and who recently joined Twitter (Hi Hilary!), tweeted: “Writing dialogue because it justifies talking (and arguing) with myself…out loud.“ I’ve been there plenty of times and I talk a lot with my hands so I’m often found gesturing to my computer as well.
All these qualities hold true, but there is one aspect about writing that is very dear to me. It gives me the time to figure out the world around me.
Life can be stressful, demanding, intruding and cruel; writing helps me deal with all that mess. It helps me organize my thoughts and feelings and allows me to work through things that would otherwise hurt me. Life can also be beautiful, inspiring, energizing, fun; writing lets me share my joys with the world.
Writing gives me an opportunity to show who I am without other’s impressions weighing me down. Just me, my thoughts and my computer; it can be very empowering.
What are your reasons for writing? They can be serious or fun aspects, I’m just curious. And if I start a pants-less Friday will anyone join me? Think of how small your next laundry load will be! The possibilities are endless people!