Living a Life Worth Writing – A Challenge
Recently, I was reminded of this quote Benjamin Franklin, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
We are well aware of the writers who have written something worth reading. We could all easily name at least ten right off the bat. How about C.S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, Dr. Seuss, and Jane Austen?
What writers would you say wrote something worth reading?
These are the people that have written books that people will probably read for generations to come. Their books were interesting and engaging and of great quality and have great staying power.
On the other hand, we have people who live amazing and fascinating lives that are worth writing and reading about. These people may not even be writers. Heck, they may even use ghost writers. Whatever the case their lives are such that people pick up their books and read them because we want to learn about their lives.
You’ve got people like Dean Karnazes who has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days and wrote a book about his experiences. There is Bethany Hamilton who’s arm was severed by a shark and yet went on to continue her professional surfing career. And there is Elizabeth Gilbert who went on a personal soul-searching journey and wrote all about her experiences and inner discoveries.
Who would you think has lived a life worth writing about?
I recently found myself at a bit of a standstill in my writing and in my life, to be honest. Even though I have been consistently writing each day. I still felt there was no substance to my writing. Perhaps that is me being hard on myself or perhaps not. Most of my writing was ramblings about my daily goings on, thoughts, concerns, etc. I spent a lot of time writing about living my dreams and honestly, that left me wanting.
There was something missing in my writing and I know exactly what it was. I was writing about going strong after my dreams but in reality, my bucket list lay on the desk collecting dust. I hated to even think about my bucket list because all it did was remind me of what I was not accomplishing.
Talk about Imposter Syndrome!! I constantly I felt like such a fraud on this blog. Here I was writing about goal setting and goal achieving and at the end of the day, I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing any of mine.
Was I being fair to myself? Only God knows. I just know the struggle was real.
Then an awesome friend reminded me of what Benjamin Franklin said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
It got me thinking big time.
How did I want my writing to be remembered?
Did I want to write something worth reading or did I want to live a life worth writing about?
Well, I guess you could say I want both. The two things are not mutually exclusive. I can live a life worth writing about by actually writing something worth reading.Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Click To Tweet
As I pondered and meditated on this quote I knew that deep down inside I want to live a life worth writing.
Thus started a journey to change my life.
It was then I sold everything and took off to travel the world and knock each item on my bucket list one tick mark at a time. YOLO!!
Whoah whoah whoah….slow your horses down.
I know there are some incredible stories about people who HAVE experienced an amazing change of heart and mindset. They DID sell all their worldly possessions and took off to travel the world. Oh, and they wrote a book about it. Yep, I’ve read them too.
I’m sure that would be more engaging and exciting than what I’m writing right now. But, let’s be honest, it isn’t a reality for me or for many other people either.
I confess I’m not the kind of person who can just up and take off like that. My parents always said that I HATE CHANGE even when I was in preschool.
And guess what? They are absolutely correct. I hate change: the good kind and the bad kind.
So, knowing this about myself I knew it takes time to make a positive change in my life. It means establishing habits one at a time in such a way that they stick.
So, what is all this rambling about anyway?!
I have made the crazy decision to embark on a yearlong journey to change my life one habit or feature at a time.
Okay, I hear you!!
Are you familiar with those 30 day challenges everyone either hosts or participates in?
• 30 Days of 100 squats a day
• 30 days of no sugar (who does that?!?!)
• 30 days of decluttering
• 30 days of meditation
Shoot, I even have one.
How many of you have embarked on a 30-day challenge and actually completed it?
Kudos to you if you have done these challenges and HAVE completed it as prescribed. I am thoroughly impressed!!
If you are like me, you see the challenge and mull over it for a while. You think that THIS time you will complete a full challenge. You go out and buy all the fun stuff you NEED to complete the challenge. Oh, you know, you NEED a new pair of leggings to do that squat challenge or you NEED new organizing supplies for the decluttering challenge. You set out to do the challenge and you are proud of each day you tick off. YES!! This IS IT!!!
I am changing my LIIIIIIIIIFE!!!
- One – check
- Two – check
- Three – check
- Fooooour – check (close one)
- Five – check (right up the wire)
I have all the excuses and am fully convinced they are all true. I am very good at deceiving myself.
So, the big news is….
I am going to pick a 30-day challenge to dive into each month, starting in August 2018, for a year (12 months = 12 challenges).
I pick these challenges for myself based on what things I know I need to change within myself. I am thinking, praying, and soul-searching about what these challenges will be. Each month will be carefully chosen and will be specific to me.
I do believe others could possibly benefit from them and I invite YOU to join me.
Join me on a journey of a year of 30-day Challenges! Click To Tweet
Next week, I will announce my first challenge and offer some awesome resources for YOU so you can join me if you wish to.
What do you think of all this?
Am I really THAT crazy?
Perhaps….but it will be fun.