That Life of Writing — How Quickly Our Interests and Perceptions Change!
Spent a little time today, going through my big (paper) file of writing ideas.
This is literally a folder into which I stuff hand-written notes, post-it notes and other scraps on which I have scribbled some idea that struck me as "significant enough to write about" at some time when it would be more convenient.
Winter view from our back yard
I found myself not only looking through my big file in search of inspiration, but also realizing that so many of these idea that seemed important/significant weeks, months, years ago have more or less "lost their shine," in the meantime.
I suppose that's something that regularly happens to us.
We find ourselves in a particular place or frame of mind where an idea really appeals, but the moment ends up passing... and then it's no longer so relevant.
As a result, I ended up just throwing away a bunch of my old writing notes, because they felt tired and irrelevant.
I may not be a "hoarder" in the material sense — although we do have a lot of "stuff" in our world — but I definitely have to confess to being a hoarder of ideas and information.
Hence this bulging file of writing ideas that I could likely never empty, even if I say down and systematically pursued one idea after another till they were all done!
Still, my ideas "filing system" does serve a purpose, even if I don't actually end up carry any of the ideas through: By writing down the idea as it comes to me, it essentially "clears space" inside my head... because once committed to paper, I feel like I can "let go" and no longer worry about whether I remember something.
I have always been a chronic list-keeper, even as a youth!
Hive Blogging as a Mental Health Tool!
As I approach my 6th anniversary of being part of the Hive community, I have come to reality how this venue has actually become a "mental health" tool of sorts, for me.
That is, it repeatedly serves my need to sit down and "work through something in writing" and then store it somewhere (i.e. The Blockchain) where I can refer back to it, later on.
I learned a lot about writing-as-catharsis during lengthy therapy sessions in my late 20's to early 30s, when I was deep in the throes of seeking deeper meaning in a life that mostly seemed defined by how much work I was doing.
Getting back to interests and perceptions changing, it's an interesting experience to go back to really old content here and re-read what I thought was really important, back then. I hope to be able to do that, for many years to come!
Anyway, several dozen old writing notes were discarded is "no longer relevant," this afternoon... and even though I sort of had a plan for this post, I ended up not using it, at all. I guess that idea will be for a different time!
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Created at 2023-01-24 00:02 PST
Hello @cuddlekitten, welcome to my blog!
6 years is impressive and you have snow!
Thinking about your big file of writing ideas, I tell people that just have a look around you and thinks will get prompted in your mind. Looking at your back yard, there are so many things that jump to mind!
I must confess that "running out of ideas" has never been much of an issue... most of my chronic note taking has been the result of having more ideas in a given moment than I have time to write about.
hehe that problem when the ideas can't stop flowing! Great problem to have.
I have lots of lists,too. Once on paper, I can quit wondering where it was filed in my brain. I can usually find the paper list more easily!!