I take in information from a lot of different sources and my brain runs wild with multiple adaptations of that data and how it can be manipulated and altered for my needs. I don’t observe something and simply appreciate its beauty, rather I see the beauty and automatically am determined to break it down into its usable parts and applicability for my needs. I used to fight this part of who I am because I was ashamed of my inability to appreciate without analyzing, but I have started to embrace it as a part of who I am and the way that my brain works. Simply speaking, I am constantly taking in data, coding it, and storing it away for the moment in which I can connect it to other stored stimuli in my head for an application in my life and work.
Why I Write is to pull those crude plans from my head, ideas that are in their infancy, and make them real. Thomas Edison once said that, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Writing is the vehicle that I use to bring my vision for what can be done and how to do it from the depths of my brain to reality. Writing is an outlet for the release of stimuli that would otherwise cloud my vision and lead to hallucinations. It is ironic for me that writing has become such a necessary part of my life when you consider that I have such a difficult time with it. I think in numbers and patterns and projections of data and my outlet for all of that left brain thinking is the opposite, the expression of all of those things through the written word.
I struggle with getting the words onto the screen or the paper when I write and this inhibits me from writing more. When I am able to suffer through a writing session, however, I am invigorated and re-energized. Though my written words never seem to fully encapsulate the ideas in my head, they do expand the vision that I have in ways that I had not yet explored in my head. For me at least, writing empties the clutter of ideas in my head and provides for the expansion of those ideas. The best way I can explain it is that once the idea leaves my head and hits the paper, it begins to grow as if it was caged before and needed oxygen. Writing is my way of birthing an idea!
To tie this post up with a nice little bow, I want to articulate Why I Write with my own personal WHY.
Learning is not what you see, hear, or think about, but rather what you are able to do with that information. Writing is an outlet for the completion and application of the learning that I do. Information received through the learning process is raw material and the ability to articulate that information in a new form and application is an expression of my learning.