Why I Don’t Write

Words move me. I love the way they come together, the way your brain searches for a juicy descriptor, elegant transition or witty play on words. They snap into place in a sentence, and you know when they fit perfectly. They convey something bigger.

I am an avid reader, and writing is a natural extension of that. I love good storytellers, and I’m amazed at how delicately and intricately a story can be woven.

I have a story to tell. My weight loss journey was profoundly life changing for me. I have learned things that literally saved my life. Why would I keep that to myself?

These all sound like reasons you do write, you say? Well, therein lies the problem.

Left to my own devices, I tend to be an all or nothing person. Perfectionist. My dad used to say, “if you’re going to do a job, you ought to do it right.” Makes sense to me.

I wait for inspiration. I draft, re-write, ponder, change, edit and ponder some more. My tendency is to hold out for perfection, for the stars to align, to wait for the best conditions, to limit my risk, to ensure the best chance for success.

Calculate and wait.

Ponder and decide.

You can imagine how well that works.

I have managed to persevere in life, career, relationships and weight loss by fighting that tendency. A little is better than nothing (hello, cardio). Just get started with the first step. Do as much as you can right now. Get back on track with the next bite you eat. I didn’t lose 80 pounds by thinking about when the time would be right or making sure I would never have any distractions.

It started with one step. Everyday, it starts with one step.

So the same applies to my little blog, in my little corner of the digital world. I may or may not inspire or change lives. I may not be pitch perfect with every word and phrase, but I will do as much as I can right now.

I will do what I love to do.





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2 Comments to Why I Don’t Write
    • kathleen
    • well said mary. well said. perfect is the enemey of the good, and is the reason why i leave so many things unfinished or not done at all. it’s all about the baby steps.