I am not much of a poet, but I am a writer. Actually, the past 6 months of blogging (oh my gosh, I just realized it's been that long) have really made a huge impact on my writing style. I have developed some very basic but very profound personal stylistic attributes that make writing not only easier but also more productive for me.
I need to remember this.
My blog is not a journal of my personal life; I don't want my personal life on the internet. I share tidbits, mostly detail-less life lessons learned, but that's as far as I go. When I was younger though I kept a journal ritualistically. It has a huge source of stress relief, personal reflection, and internal growth. There have been many times in my life when I couldn't figure out the right words to SAY what I was feeling that I was able to write down my feelings and make sense of them. Actually, I often gave these writings in the form of letters to the people who were closest to me.
I spent 5 years in college learning to write and I TEACH writing for goodness sakes. By putting my ideas into the structures i teach and using the strategies I know I can make sense of just about anything.
So, though I have no aspirations to be a poet, I already am a writer. I need to remember to practice what I preach and let my skills help me as I want them to help my students.
Today, I will be writing a letter.