Writing From A Sofa


I’m sitting here on my lunch break, showing up to write. I’m trying to find the fun in writing again. The simple joy of writing my life.

As I write this on my phone, delving inside myself to try and find the words, it strikes me how scary this can be.

Maybe one reason people stopped sharing stories is because we stopped valuing them. In the world of social media we are all performing, we’re all on show, we all have to be perfect.

So showing off our mundane lives seems to become less valued, even shamed. I get really scared showing my bare naked self. Scared of feeling lesser than, deficient and insignificant.

As for me, what life do I have? I am single, no children – though I have a beautiful niece and nephew whom I adore. I have no exciting career or daily life of a parent or partner to speak of.

It sounds quite sad and depressing. It’s not. But loneliness is very real. Sleep is often very difficult. Showing up for myself is work every day.

A lot of things are happening my life – new Church, potentially a new home, new job. I’ve been doing tons of inner work I want to write a memoir about. I have lots to bring me joy, yet loneliness feels more common.

Maybe I stopped writing because I’m afraid. Afraid of the pain and the joy which might come from really examining myself.

And I want to write and have fun. To have some mischief. Enjoy the creative process. Strip it down and make it simple. It became such a chore, a duty, so complicated. I forgot the fun of writing. I’m still trying to find it again.

Which brings me back to sitting on a sofa in my office, writing a short, simple post on my phone.

Maybe that’s a good place to begin.


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  1. Mikaela D. on August 1, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    It’s a fabulous place to begin! So glad you’re here and writing again. Let’s reclaim creativity and make it relaxed and fun again!

  2. Margaret Kazmierczak on August 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I love this: “Showing up for myself is work every day.” I can empathise with that. Glad you are writing again James.

  3. Colleen Golafshan on August 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing so vulnerably, James! May you be blessed by your writing and in all your life.

  4. Jeannie Prinsen on August 23, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Thanks for writing. I appreciate your honesty. You’re right: writing can morph into a big complicated chore in our lives, losing the fun and the playfulness of it. It’s good to remind ourselves that (like most good things) writing can be simple and straightforward and bring us joy.

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