Writing terrifies me. I have always felt the need and desire to write. I have always kept little scraps of thoughts and sentences tucked away in corners of my closet, hidden from view. Words fill my days and nights. They dance off the page when I read and literally make me smile and laugh out loud. The perfectly crafted sentence I see in a piece of literature fills me with awe and drives my need to write. I cannot not write.
But for years, I hid this desire out of fear. Fear that someone would read what I wrote. Fear that they would see into my soul through my words. Fear that my words could not possibly convey the depth of emotion I was feeling. Fear of my fear.
This quote is perfect for me. Instead of harming me and deepening my wounds, writing has lifted me up and made me stronger. Stronger than I ever thought I could be.
I write because I have to. I write to give me strength. I write to make me whole.