Room For One More Voice?
Writing has always been an outlet for me. I feel like I can communicate best through written words on a page. Perhaps because I can filter out my awkwardness and rambled nonsense and get to the real heart of the matter. Blogging is a beautiful tool to get my words out there. But in this day and age, where everyone is a writer and everyone has a blog, I often find myself asking the question, “is there room for one more voice?”
Unwarranted opinions clutter our feeds and our inboxes on a daily basis. Let’s face it; we are a generation of activists, constantly on the prowl for social causes to turn into personal agendas. And when there is really no cause to attach ourselves to, we create our own so that our voices will be heard. So, what makes me any different? A girl with an advocate’s spirit and unwarranted opinions to spread around like confetti, hoping my words stand out from the rest? Well I’m taking myself out of the race, and I think you should, too. Here’s why:
When we keep trying to drown out the noise with more words, we lose ground. At our worst, we gain enemies, and at our best, we up the competition and make our fellow artists jealous and insecure. Our words lose their ability to resonate, to heal, and to empower. All of which are the very things that drew me to the writing art to begin with. So when words come a dime a dozen, and there’s no shortage of resources and opinions flooding our cyber worlds, where does that leave us who want so desperately to nurture, feed, inspire, and enlighten? Is there a place or even a need for one more blog? One more post? One more thought?
I think there is. Because there are billions of people in this world, all looking for something to resonate—something to make sense of it all. And if we write enough, encourage enough, and are vulnerable enough, someone is going to be impacted. Maybe your blog never captivates the heart of the world, but maybe it helped someone in a difficult season see life a little bit differently. Maybe your honesty gave permission for another to feel deeply and feel heard. I am constantly allowing myself to be inspired by the men and women around me, because I truly believe we all have something unique to offer.
So, all in all, where does that leave us? Is there room for one more voice? I say yes. And to you who fears there is not enough room for the things you bring to the table, I say there is more than enough room. We make space because we are always growing, always learning, and always looking to someone or something that will spur us on. Be that voice.