I have heard a lot of people I know ask me how I write poetry because its so hard. My inclination is to say something along the ” I just write.” I used to “humble myself” by adding that what I wrote was “just…” as in, it’s OKAAAAY.” because I didn’t want to let anyone down who had expectation that weren’t met.
It took me years to realize that, by downplaying what I express or create, I was also implying things about the people who enjoy my stuff. If I only write “Okay Poetry” and you like my poetry the most, does that mean that you only have okay taste? It’s kinda implied. (It’s 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, but with language).
If I were being honest and not buying into public expectations of my cognitive abilities as a person with a disability I would answer the question this way:
- I put my thoughts on paper
- I use words that evoke emotion and images
- I don’t force it, I write about what I experience
- I share what I write
- people relate to the feeling, even if the story behind it is unique (or not)
Not everyone has to flock to our stories for them to be successful, unless that is the only way we define success. When I don’t meet my own expectations I’m likely to try a new approach rather than letting go of things that matter to me, I will keep adapting, taking breaks and coming back to where I left off until I get to where I want to go.
goals can take days or decades but if you believe in what you’re doing you keep learning. growing, and trying.
Do you create, if so, will you share what it is by leaving a comment ? Something tells me you are better than you think