What To Write About When You Don't Know What To Write About

What To Write About When You Don't Know What To Write About

You don't always have to have an idea.
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I'm sitting in my bed and the clock reads 5:38 p.m. As much as I want to write something beautiful and poetic for everyone to marvel at, I just can't think of anything. Some weeks I'm prompted with so many different ideas that my fingers can't type fast enough to keep up with the thoughts that are spilling out of my mind. Other weeks, I feel like how I'm feeling right now and I'm unable to think about anything that's even worth putting down on paper. And that's okay.

Do you think that every time Shakespeare picked up a pen he wrote something magnificent? Highly unlikely. I seriously doubt that Chbosky or Twain loved every piece of theirs that they wrote, so why should I? I could write something so terrible right now, publish it, and then read it over and over while hating it in the process. Instead, I'm choosing to do something different and (kind of) write about nothing. When I tell people that my major is English related, they look at me like I got the luck of the pot. Sure, reading different scripts and writing essays is a little easier than doing quantum physics problems, but sometimes it's difficult to get what you want to say out on paper.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that when you feel like you don't have anything to write about, you still probably have something to write about. Look at me; I'm writing about not having anything to write about and I'm doing just fine. Look at the world around you and gain inspiration. That sounds extremely cheesy, but something will probably come to you in some way or another. Plug your headphones in, listen to your favorite music, and just type (or write, whatever suits your fancy). Something is bound to come to your mind.

Even when I don't know what I'm doing, I still kind of know what I'm doing, and that pretty much sums up my life. I never know what life is going to throw at me, just like I don't always have an idea in my head when I go to write a paper or an article. That's okay. We aren't supposed to have it all figured out in the first place. And that's the beauty of it. Sometimes spur of the moment turns out to be a good thing. So when you want to write but don't know what you want to write about, just sit and let the words flow. They don't have to make sense and they don't have to correlate with anything because nothing in life is perfect anyways.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Poetry On The Odyssey: It's a Girl

An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.

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They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch

Bitch

What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

She'll be strong


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