November 29, 2011

writing and breathing (and oprah.)

"Your true passion should feel like breathing. It's that natural." - Oprah

Okay, let me just say that I was raised on Oprah. (Seriously.) Not only am I from Chicago, but I also have a mother who never missed an episode, so the big O actually had quite an influence on my own self-awareness. That seems to be at the center of what she stands for, doesn't it? Self-awareness, consciousness, knowledge of your spirit and your truth and your own physical presence.

Hers is an important message, I think: to question, recognize, and improve yourself. What I appreciate most about Oprah, though, is how confidently she talks about personal passions. How wisely she speaks of that inner fire, the feeling of destiny--of things that make you feel most yourself.

I've been asked more than once why I write. And when I answer, I admit that I don't write to be read; I write for the sake of writing. For the process, the struggle, and the unique elation that comes during the sweet, split-second moment that inspiration strikes. Mostly, I write to know myself.

To me, writing is about discovering the shape of my thoughts and then tracing and retracing that shape until it becomes something clear and crisp, something I can recognize--maybe even something I can understand. Writing is about giving the grey area structure, about fashioning a truth from the foggiest of realities and seeing how it changes when it's there in black-and-white.

I'll be honest: some days the words don't come easily. Some days I find myself forcing them out, racking my brain or my journal--or, okay, random Internet prompts--for that magic spark of the imagination.

Other days, though, she's right: it really is like breathing. Instinctive and spontaneous, habitual and liberating and subconscious. Those days, writing is a sign--and supplier--of life.

I'm curious: Do you know your true passion?

(Photo: My Flickr)


Maura said... [Reply to comment]

love it girl i feel the same way about writing!

brlracincwgrl said... [Reply to comment]

This was incredibly beautiful! I think you should write for YOU, that's when it's real. And honest.

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

To be honest, I really don't know my TRUE passion. I think I will know soon enough though. Hopefully, anyways...
Love this post. <3


Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Deep post! I was actually thinking of you and your blog(not in a creepy way) today and about how much you love to write. I really loved to write, back in high school. I had tons of journals of my thoughts, and loved English, and writing Essays. Since then(and it's been a couple years now), I've stopped writing. Maybe it's because I don't think I have anything to write, I don't know.
But I love how much passion you have for it. It makes me want to get writing going again.
As for your question, not sure what my passion is. I used to think it was writing, now I'm not so sure.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Maura So glad you relate! :)