Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Challenging My Writing Self - Day Seven.

Einstein once said:  “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further then the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.”

Who am I to argue with Einstein?

In point of fact, I related to the Einstein quote so strongly when I first read it that I posted it to my Facebook page.  Being brave is always a challenge for me and speaking up for myself, though now coming more easily, is still not easy and probably never will be.

Jacqueline Berl's  quest for creative expression and the valid direction (of the moment, perhaps?) is another question I follow.  I used to think that I was scatterbrained because I never settled on any one thing.  It took me too long to accept that I'm not scatterbrained; I'm interested in everything and each thing I try is like a new adventure.  The length of time it lasts isn't as important as  the fact that I do it.  My challenge is to settle down and tackle these interests. 

The hole I dig for myself is making a list of all the things I would like to try in my own personal creative quest.  The hole gets deeper as I fill it with more and more.  Lately, it's been all about writing, but there is so much beyond just the writing. 

Being true to my challenge to my writing self, I'll be here for at least three more weeks but along with that, I'm going to start getting that list out of my head and onto paper.  Then my next challenge will be 30 days of physical creativity and like this writing challenge, it will all land here.


Stephanie said...

I used to think of myself as scatterbrained too in regard to my art...perhaps schizophrenic...

but I enjoy the variety and when I look back upon work I see so many common threads, growth always.

I admire your personal challenges...you go!
thank you for the link to Jacqueline, have not visited her for far too long.

Amy Burzese said...

Good post. My hole is pretty deep too, but sometimes I really am scatterbrained.

SandyCarlson said...

This is great, Ann. It seems women are always apologizing for themselves for being who they are. What you say here is brilliant. I, too, admire Jacqueline Beryl's art.

Pam said...

Looking forward to more of your writing Annie.
I agree with not being as assertive in our younger years,and that now we can. Our generation of young women was firmly put in its place, particularly by employers. It's been interesting to see the changes over the years.
I don't see myself as scatterbrained but was taken aback once when I was told as a young woman I was fickle - something I saw instead, with my own interpretation , as being entirely flexible and open to change!!

Tash said...

Hi Annie,

What a lovely post. It is so difficult to be able to look into ourselves and work out what needs to change and what is okay to keep. We are definitely our own harshest critics.

If your heart is moved towards writing, then write as much and as long as you can. I find it like cravings for food: when you crave a specific thing, it's usually because your body needs it. When I feel the need to write, it's usually because something subconsciously is telling me that I have something to say, something to get out. Follow that instinct!

Thanks also for your kind words, they were very much needed and very well received.

Best wishes,

Tash @ VP

Buttons said...

Oh Einstein was certainly a very wise man. B

Jeanie said...

Wow -- you are so dedicated! Well, good for you -- I really admire that! And you're a week in -- that's awesome!