Why are you here?
Why do you write?
And how often do you sit back and think about your responses to those questions? Let me wager a guess and say the answer has something to do with hope — something you’re striving towards.
Hope isn’t just a mood, or a form of positive thinking. The difference between hope and optimism is that while optimism is considered an attitude or mindset (being positive about your situation, and thinking that it will get better), hope is the actual belief that things will work out, the future will be better, and you have the power to move towards it.
It’s not just a mentality, but an actual belief, no matter how small it may seem.
In a world so full of constant judgement, challenges, and negativity, hope can take us places we never thought we could go. When everything around you is saying, “this won’t work”, it’s the little voice in the back of your mind that says, “but what if it does”?
And yet we are constantly underestimating ourselves and the power of that little voice.
All it takes is the tiniest glimmer, somewhere, somehow, and from there you can keep going. But so often we don’t listen, and convince ourselves that for one reason or another — it won’t work, we won’t succeed, we won’t get what we want, and we will fail.
Who am I to try? Who am I to talk? Who am I to think I’m important enough to ever make a change?
But in the words of Michelle Obama,
We have seen throughout history how one person can change the course of the future by raising their voice, whether it be by giving an influential speech, writing a book, saying “no” to the rules and standards of the time, or spreading information and intention that leads to a movement.
There’s a reason people talk about a ripple effect — because it works.
Now, we live in a world of approximately 7.5 billion people. And tying that into writing— I recently learned that of all the people in the world, there are also over 500 million blogs. That is a lot of writing!
Those are astounding statistics — enough to discourage the best writers from trying to reach an audience, let alone those of us who are just starting out and praying to gain traction.
In fact when I read how many blogs were out there, I looked at my own stats and had a moment of amazement and gratitude that those people had somehow found their way through the maze of the internet to something I had written. When you look at it that way, it’s almost a miracle anybody found me at all.
But despite the overwhelming odds, we all still put ourselves out there for the world to see.
Thousands of people, every day, writing their hearts out on this platform and others. Why? Because we have hope.
Hope to share stories, spread information, improve other people’s lives, earn some extra cash, maybe even make a living, shed light on stories or issues that haven’t gotten enough attention, start a movement, or change the world.
Whatever the reason that you and I write, it started with a spark of hope.
Even if only one person reads what you write and it helps them or changes their perspective in some way, you’ve already started something. You never know someone else’s situation or what they need to hear.
One page, a paragraph — even a single sentence could change someone’s life. It certainly has changed mine.
And that’s a lot more powerful than you think.
So whatever your answer is to why you write, hold onto that hope and run with it. And trust that even if it’s small, you can make a difference.