Life in the Fast Lane



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Dear You,

Hey! It's been a while.

Yeah, life has gotten in the way. That's why you've been silent. But hello, I have a life, too, you know. And I can't move forward if you don't say anything.

That's how it rolls, really. When you're MIA from here, I'm MIA from the world. When you signed up for me, you signed up for this sort of package deal.

So I need you to start writing again. Please.

Write about anything. Really.

While I know that you have all of these big thoughts cooking up in your head, you don't have to be profound all the time. You don't have to wait for that lightbulb moment in order to come up with something; you don't have to wax poetic about some world- or life-changing insight.

You can start by writing about a highlight of your day. Like how much you're enjoying the Revlon ColorStay lipstick that you bought over the weekend; how much you love the fact that it can stay on for 8-10 hours without reapplication because you're lazy and you don't like the idea of having to reapply.

Write about having to start from scratch (in the fitness department) after this year's asthma attack; how it was such a discouragement to downgrade to running 3K again when you were already running 10K consistently; how, despite this discouragement, you're getting back on track.

Write about how it feels to be hands-on in a family member's upcoming wedding; or how excited you are about what will be happening in a month's time.

Write about the book you started on; about how inspiring it was to learn about the 16-year-old Pakistani gunshot survivor and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai. Or the realizations hurtling at you just like the space debris while you watched Gravity over the weekend.

Write about how excited you were to find out that one of your favorite Japanese restaurants, Shinjuku, has a new branch ten minutes away from your house. Review the food you sampled, the ambiance of the restaurant, and talk about your overall first impressions.

Write about what God has been teaching you lately; how He's been blessing you; how He's been working in your life these days.

Write about your usual streams of consciousness; how you get from point A to point B by passing through points A.1, A.2, A.3, A.4, and A.5 first; how you wonder why, sometimes, your thoughts follow a circular pattern, or a zigzag-like trajectory.

Seriously. Write about anything.

Because if you keep on censoring yourself, waiting for that right moment when brilliance strikes (and even when it does, you still second-guess yourself), or wondering if what you want to say will matter in the grand scheme of things... guess what? It's going to be even harder to start writing again.

Why do people hold back, I wonder? Why do you reach a point of being scared to put yourselves out there unlike when you were younger (more naïve but way more carefree); of self-censorship; of withdrawing; of feeling like you don't (or might not) matter?

Just keep writing. Who knows where it will take you?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
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