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My keyboard is my piano. When I'm writing, no matter how eloquent the topic or "voice" is, I feel like I am composing something bigger than myself. When I get to tell you a story about dancing and screaming the lyrics to Centuries because my baby is driving me absolutely insane, I know that some of you have gone through exactly the same thing and that you might feel a little better knowing that I went insane too. You aren't alone.
Being a mom can feel isolating sometimes. A lot of my friends don't have kids, so we have suddenly gone into different stages of our lives. I can't blame them for not calling when they go to the bar anymore. That's a learned behavior for them because I can't. They have gotten enough, "I'm sorry, I can't" responses to know what my answer is 90% of the time. I can't be spontaneous anymore. I need a ridiculous amount of notice in order to get my life in order enough to leave my routine for a night. So, naturally, sometimes I feel a little isolated. When I feel like a shut in, writing is my therapy. Writing to you helps me feel not so alone anymore. I'm not alone.
That's what writing is to me. When people ask me why I write a blog on top of all the other responsibilities I have, this is my answer. I love to feel connected to people through words. I love to hear back from my readers and know that they feel better because of something I wrote. We aren't alone.
So, for those wondering why I write this blog when I work full time and have a family to take care of and some semblance of a social life to maintain, I refer you to this: The power of words goes beyond stringing a subject, verb, and object together into a complete sentence. A single sentence can rock you to your core. A single sentence can change your mind. A single sentence can make you believe. A single sentence can change your mood. And having the power to touch people in that way is addicting.
What I listened to while writing:
Bad Romance by Lissie
Happy by Gardiner Sisters
No One's Gonna Love You by Band of Horses
Wonderwall by Ryan Adams