Last night in the Creative Writing Class everyone made lists of what they feel passionate about. For some, it was hard to get started, but for others, it came easily. Every list was different, because we all care about specific things. I make these lists every now and again and find it helpful for my writing. What I'm passionate about drives what I have to say.
I thought I'd pose the same question here for my readers to consider. What are you passionate about? What would be on your list? Some items on my list include identity, looking deep inside at my own brokenness and facing up to areas of weakness, living with honesty, body image, raising respectful children and the equality of all people. These themes become the basis of my fiction and non-fiction writing.
As life changes, our passions and interests change with it, but some things remain constant. In my early twenties I fought to form my identity, and therefore this theme will always be important for me. I feel immense joy when I see my kids strengthening their identities much earlier than I did. I want them to know who they are, to grow in their own unique personality, and never be afraid to express themselves honestly.
I've received some wonderful feedback in the last few weeks from many of you about my blog. I've heard that it's inspired some of you to discover what it is that you love to do, encouraged you to parent differently, or helped you find the positive in negative situations. Hearing from you has made this blog journey much sweeter and more meaningful to me. Thank you for taking the time to read, and to e-mail or Facebook me to let me know you are reading and how my writing has impacted you. It means so much to me.
Feel free to comment here as well, so that other readers can interact with your ideas and thoughts. If you sit down and make a list of things you care passionately about, please share your list with me. I hope it is a good exercise for you to figure out what makes your heart beat just a little bit faster, and drives you forward to action.