Why do I write?

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I was watching the movie The Secret and was completely taken off guard by the opinion and observations of the Chicken Soup author.

He said that everyone’s got a story. Everyone has something that has happened to them in their lives that gives them the excuse to act the way they do today. Whether it’s “I had an abusive father so now I overeat to comfort myself.” “My mother was an alcoholic so now I’m one too.” “My whole family is fat, so I’m fat too.” “My wife cheated on me so now I don’t trust women.” “I was sexually molested when I was younger and my mother didn’t believe me so now I hate women.” It doesn’t matter who you ask, everyone has a story. Sometimes they’re different and sometimes they’re the same. 

Do you know what he said about all of these stories? He said “So What?!” That’s right, he said “So what?!”.

“I had an abusive father…” SO WHAT?!

“My mother was an alcoholic…” SO WHAT?!

“My whole family is fat…” SO WHAT?!

“My wife cheated on me…” SO WHAT?!

“I was sexually molested when I was younger…” SO WHAT?!

Image by Madeline Laughs

His point is that as long as you continue to send that energy out into the Universe, you’ll keep drawing that kind of energy back to you. I know he’s onto something with this thought. I’ve actually seen this happen.

If you have drama, you bring drama.

We all need to move past our stories. We need to realize that, yes, this happened to us, but it doesn’t have to rule the rest of our lives. We need to find another way of living because living in the past will never allow you to enjoy and start living in your present, your here and now.

Whenever I write about a memory I have an internal conversation with myself. I re-read what I’ve written and compare it to what I’m doing in my here and now.

What is my purpose in writing this blog? I want to tell my own stories.

Am I re-hashing events from my own life and sharing it with people far and wide? Yes, I am.

Is there anyone present that is giving me a reality check? No, there are no professional counselors present and the only feedback I receive is if someone happens along and leaves me a comment.

Have I surrounded myself with the misery of others? Perhaps I have. I know I invite everyone to share their stories with me.

If the thrill I get whenever I know someone has read my writings is any indication, then yes, I am guilty as charged.

Some of my friends have asked me why I write in this blog and I have told them that to me, to get it out of my head and into print, is therapeutic. I pay my metaphorical dollar and I get the attention of an entire group of people and I tell my stories…and I feel good about myself once I’m done. I guess that is the most important part of this exercise, to feel good afterwards.

I hold people up to certain standards. I have expectations. If I am to analyze and observe the bad behavior of others, isn’t it also my responsibility to offer something constructive in return? Without this expectation of myself to give back, is my blogging prowess just another form of mental masturbation?

food for thought…chicken soup.

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About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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8 Responses to Why do I write?

  1. Regyna Longlank says:

    This is so spot on. I have been so whatting myself for a while now, and it’s hard to grasp I guess. Or let go of. Or something. Working on that…and you know in some ways we are each others reality check. You have no reason to lie to me, you are very straight with me and I appreciate that. Neither one of us is a licensed counselor but I think we are still able to provide each other with some outside perspective. I like that we don’t agree, I learn from you. You open my mind to new ideas, new ways to see things. So thank you for that. And so what!


    • Let me try this again 🙂 I do not have enough words to express my gratitude for your kindness, your patience and your willingness to be my writing partner. You are the best! And that will never be a so what moment 🙂


  2. Hi “Spread Information” Blogger! Thanks for your email. I respect your point of view eventhough I might not agree with all of your points. However, all are worthy of expression.
    I am new to Blogging as you can probably tell and hope you will be a friend along the way as I learn and grow in the world of networking.
    I know I am not going to change the world. That is not my intent. Nor am I equiped to counsel anyone. But I have always believed it is ok to be one drop of water in the big ocean. You never know where the tide will take you. I look forward to following your blog and having you as a blog friend. Best to you and take care. Marilyn


  3. Michi says:

    TERRIFIC post!


  4. Can I clone your article to my blog? Thank you…


  5. Myeika says:

    Just came across your website and wanted to let you know I really like it. I just started blogging myself and wanted to get my thoughts out there and advice about relationships and life. I dont think you have to be a counclor to give life advice. My blog address is: http://myeika-firstdayofmynewlife.blogspot.com/. Maybe you can check it out sometimes. But nice post again.


  6. Great article…it’s always interesting to hold ourselves up for inspection, shake off the crap to take a look at ourselves as others do…and see the end result….honestly. For whatever reason you have chosen to write (and they can change with time), I am glad you do…I gain a new prospective each time I read more.


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