Go back in history and there are many millennia of the written word.
Of course before the advent of the telephone, Skype, FaceTime, and all manner of social media the only way to communicate when one was not in another’s company, was to write!
Old fashioned couriers on horseback, ships across the sea, all took the information from one person to another, one family or business to another.
It is quite likely not everyone actually enjoyed corresponding, however it was and continues to be necessary.
There have always been those, who did more than simply write out of necessity, laying out information and facts because it had to be done. Others viewed writing as a way of interpreting and sharing their view of the world and to entertain with tales of fantasy or folly.
Even when it was unfashionable, women found a way too write and have others read and enjoy their work.
Beatrix Potter’s mother had the usual expectations of the time for her daughter. Society dictated marriage and begetting of children from young ladies of rank. Carrying on the family name and creating financial alliances between families of wealth and property.
However, the instinct and great need of Beatrix to draw and write, kept her true to her passion, not even realizing how successful she was at first. It was not the driving force for her.
Jane Austen also wrote at a time when it was not fashion all for ladies to do so. Are we not extremely grateful that she did not yield to the dictates of her time.
I know not everyone will agree with me, and that’s just fine. However, it goes to show how passion moves beyond what is popular, making it a necessity.
Whether or not we are able to leave our current jobs or careers behind and make our way in the world with our passion to write, we press on, unable to stop.
Writing has always been in my blood I suppose, sometimes out of necessity. However, it has never been a burden. Writing in earnest, for readers who are not yet known to me, is a relatively new and somewhat scary venture.
But, what the heck! Isn’t there a slogan that says, “just do it!” I know it is primarily meant to get people more active, which reminds me….. I should really go and walk!
It can also move us to action on just about anything we are procrastinating about. So, I will write, and keep writing.
Just let the chips fall……..