I read two articles this week in a magazine that I enjoy. They were spot on. One talked about the power of movement and exercise in helping people heal from trauma and PTSD. The other spoke powerfully about the need we all have to carve out time for our health and well-being. They were well written, and they resonated with me.
But they were not new ideas.
Far from it.
I’ve read countless articles and books and blogs about the same ideas. I’ve written plenty of them, so what struck me the most was the idea that there is just nothing new to say.
So why write? Why put our voices out into the world if we are simply restating ideas that have been shared time and time again?
Be kind. There’s nothing new about that message.
Take care of yourself. Nothing new there.
Work hard at things you love.
Spend time with the people who are important to you.
Nope. Not new.
And yet still worthy of thought and voice. We forget. We hear something new based on what’s happening in our life. We are reminded that the simple ideas are often not simple to live.
Do I hope that someday I will have something to share that leaves an impact long after I’m gone? Do I hope that someday I will find a way to craft a message that inspires others in a way they have not been before?
Of course. I think anyone who writes does.
But in the meantime, I am just happy to share my voice as it is.
And I am especially grateful for all of you who put your voices out into the world over and over again. You have meaningful, purposeful, impactful things to say. Even if someone else has said them before.
And so do I.
Someone asked me recently why I’m still blogging after all these years. It’s been almost 5 years now. That’s a lot of blogs. I haven’t gotten famous. I’ve never had anything “go viral.” So what’s the point?
The point is that each and every one of us has a voice, has a story, and those stories are worthy of taking flight.