What Writing a Book Taught Me About Myself
Sometimes you write because you’ve been changed, and sometimes you’re changed in the process of writing. In this guest post, Jenny Hester shares how crafting a book opened her life in unexpected ways.
I never thought I would write a book. I’m still having trouble saying, “I am an author.” I started blogging more than a year ago as a way to share my new found love of discovering what it takes to be one’s best self. Not long after that, I decided to write my book… what a journey of self-discovery!
I used to have walls built up and you only got to see what I wanted you to see. You only saw what was on the outside, as I typically shared no emotional depth. I look back over this time in my life and I relate it to a tightly wound rose bud. My friend, I was very tightly wound.
How the Writing Process Changed Me
As I started down the book-writing road, slowly the petals started to loosen. The walls I had built up inside for so many years were coming down brick by brick. Every new discovery brought a new chapter to the book. It forced me to be reflective on my life. I began to see things from perspectives that I had been unaware of before. My heart changed. My compassion increased and selfishness decreased. Gratitude began to pour out of me for all of the things I had taken for granted for years.
My rose slowly began to open, and I had a new love for life. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. Where had this awareness been all my life? I wanted to shout from the rooftops! Every person deserves to live in freedom from their emotions. It’s vulnerable and beautiful. It’s peaceful and blissful.
Let the Light Inside
My rose continues to bloom. It gets more beautiful with each passing day and each new insight that I learn about myself. I use to be afraid to look below the surface into my emotions, but now I embrace them.
Living tightly wound inside that rose bud was dark and lonely. I thank God for showing me that life is better when you open up and let a little light inside. It’s even more beautiful when you share that light with the world.
Others need to hear our stories and we need to tell them. We need to loosen up and let our hair down. Let’s learn to laugh at ourselves and the imperfections that make us uniquely us. We should let others in to those vulnerable places and share our life.
Writing my book has been one of the greatest things I have ever done for myself. If you are thinking about writing a book, I hope you will pursue that journey. My life has been forever changed for the better by simply opening myself up to the truths hidden within.