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I have learned a lot in my life, but perhaps the greatest lessons in life, I have learned from writing. This is what writing has taught me about life.
The best things in life take time. Time, precious time. Everything I write, is written using a pen and paper, in Moleskine notebooks. It takes much longer than simply sitting down at a computer keyboard, but the result is writing with deeper meaning, bold statements inspired by life events that speak to all those who are human. And if, by chance, the words originated in typed form, I still hand-copy them into my notebook for safe keeping and preservation.
In life, not everything is the way we think it should or could be. Unlike a fiction writer, who can change the path of the story they have created, life only seldomly goes according to plan. Furthermore, nothing in life is ever truly perfect, and striving for perfection is okay as long as one is not discouraged and/or disappointed when they inevitably fall just short of perfection.
For those who think that writing is easy, it isn’t. Writing is perhaps one of the most intellectually, mentally, and emotionally challenging occupation of all time. My father always told me that if you are ever going to do something, do it right and to the best of your ability. As for hard work, he told me that in life, if you are not willing to put forth the necessary effort, someone else will.
It is better to forgive and forget than to hold onto negativity. My life hasn’t been perfect, far from it, but over the years, I have learned to forgive those who have made my life difficult. I will, however, never forget about the things that have happened, the situations I have been through, or who or what was responsible, as I have written about these things. Writing has helped me to put the past behind me and move on.
Writing has an attribute of permanence once published. With the digital age comes even greater longevity to ones writing once published digitally on the Internet. Some of the things I have posted online I have regretted posting later on. This is by no means a scenario unique to me; people post things on social networking sites that they later regret. Whenever I write something in my notebook, I must make the decision to keep it private, or post it online, and in doing so, must live with and accept the consequences of doing so.
My written words, as in life, are my responsibility. I have to hold myself accountable for the things I do, say, and write. If I write something, I must take full responsibility for whatever effect or consequences come as a result.
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