Why I Write

Why I Write
Why I Write

I write to express myself. I write to shed light on a variety of vital things. I write to encourage. I write to uplift. I write to fight for civil rights. I write for the downtrodden—the misfits, the minorities. I write for the people with skin color different from my own, with identities different from my own, with experiences different from my own. I write to understand my heritage. I write to understand my identity. I write to help people acknowledge the differences between themselves and others. I write to help myself acknowledge the differences between myself and others. I write to continue my yearning for life-long learning. I write to believe in something bigger than myself. I write to educate. I write to gain education. I write to feel. I write to imagine a brighter future. I write to explain. I write to justify. I write to understand those who are near impossible to understand. I write to see more clearly. I write to evolve. I write to metamorphosize. I write for my passion. I write for a cause—even when those who are a part of it reject my words. I write for and with forgiveness. I write for and with compassion. I write for and with love. I write to make amends.

I write for my children. I write for my grandchildren. I write for my grandmother. I write for my friends. I write for my family. I write for the family I’ll never truly know. I write for my lovers. I write for my mentors. I write for my disbelievers. I write to catch a glimpse of my dreams. I write because I love vulnerability. I write because I feel fear. I write because I need to embrace fear. I write because I am filled with hope. I write because I am filled with anger. I write because I know I will overcome my challenges. I write to overcome my challenges.

I write to increase my confidence. I write to embrace my doubts. I write to be open-minded. I write to close my mind. I write to persuade. I write to change. I write to impact. I write to evoke. I write to make others think. I write to question. I write to make others question. I write to help others. I write to help myself. I write to heal. I write to share my gift. I write to make sense of sadness. I write to make sense of violence. I write to make sense of loss. I write to celebrate joy.

I write for equality. I write for justice. I write for conviction. I write for purpose. I write for intent. I write for dedication. I write to try and make sense of the “why”s. I write to imagine a world other than our world today. I write to connect with those that have passed on. I write to be okay with myself. I write to belong. I write to be still. I write to be inspired. I write to survive. I write to serve.

*This is a free-form writing piece inspired by Terry Tempest Williams' "Why I Write". In many ways, it explains the reasons I choose to blog and share my soul with whoever is reading this right now. I feel it is a true privilege to write and share my story with you.

Now tell me: why do you write?