Twenty days ago, I signed up for the WordPress blogging university course: Everyday Inspiration. Everyday I received an email to write a prompt about something ranging from lists, quotes, maps and pictures. Everyday I also took it a step further and incorporated the daily prompt somehow into each post.
I have to say it’s been about five years since I’ve taken any type of course. And this is a course I wasn’t required to do but chose to do to challenge myself. I usually don’t sign on for any type of challenge unless I know for certain I can finish it. So far this year I’ve tried to do many different workout challenges found on YouTube and still make it past Day 2. Currently the only challenge I’ve been a religiously sticking to is my Goodreads reading challenge.
Makes me wonder why challenges are so hard to adhere to. In my opinion, it has to do with two things. One, to successfully be able to finish a challenge, I have to genuinely enjoy it. If I feel that I’m bored in any way it’s highly likely I’ll throw that challenge out the window. Secondly, it can’t feel like another job. I work enough as it is at my 9-5 and at home doing housework. I don’t need another stressor.
This writing challenge fits in the first category. I genuinely enjoyed doing this. I learned that there is a vast audience out there that loves to write beautiful pieces that inspire them. I learned that one piece of writing can make a person’s day no matter the subject matter. I learned that it’s okay to write whatever pops into your head; that you don’t need a specific direction. You can go with the flow and write whatever comes to mind.
The end goal is to share but I believe it is also to try and get a reaction. I realized that half the time I got a reaction out of myself more than anyone else. When I read over some of my posts I say to myself, “Wow! I didn’t know I had that in me” and I feel proud, confident and it encourages me to want to write further. Even now, I didn’t expect to write this much but there’s a burst of thoughts in my head waiting to crash onto this screen and if I pause for even a second I’ll miss that perfect stroke and be back at a blank canvas.
From now on, I’m curious to see what types of content I come up with. I began this challenge saying I’m not a writer, I’m a reader but I guess I have the capacity to do both.