Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Once again I find myself writing a post inspired by a song. I had no intention to do so, had no intention of writing a post at all today; but today, music breathed an intention into me.
On Josh Groban’s latest album, Illuminations, his song “Hidden Away” has to be my favorite. But today was the first time that it spoke to me directly as an aspiring author. Here’s an excerpt:
You’re a wonder, how bright you shine
A flickering candle in a short lifetime
A secret dreamer that never shows
If no one sees you then nobody knows
And all these words you were meant to say
Held in silence day after day
Words of kindness that our poor hearts crave
Please don’t keep them
Oh, what it is to have a story or poem in the back of your mind, so many words you were meant to say, that you were born to share with the world. What it is to be pregnant with ideas you fear you will never give birth to. You fear that you do not have what it takes to express those things properly, or you fear no one will be interested in hearing them.
For a long time we have aspired. But unless our words and ideas are revealed on the page, they remain, in essence, hidden away in our hearts.
So, if you’re feeling down and defeated, wondering if perhaps you weren’t meant to write, remember that it’s not enough to be a secret dreamer, and it’s not enough to aspire. You must do. Only then will you answer the call of your heart, and the call of the world that truly craves to hear what it is you have to say.