The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now. (Author: Mary Jaksch)
Writing About Self
I write about people, places and politics. I write about my views and visions on social issues, movies, culture, faith and communications. I write letters, poetry, stories, speeches and essays. I write, but I can’t write about myself. Why? Mine is a fear of exuding too much hubris and too little humility. While I believe my writings don’t have to be about me, I have been taught that the most authentic writing is about what one knows best. Clearly, I know myself pretty well. But I often wonder whether others—strangers—are really interested in knowing me? So my comfort zone and my self-confidence allows me to focus more on others and less on myself in both my writings and my life.
Biographies and autobiographies are abundant. And Twitter and Facebook make it easy to define, describe and delineate every aspect of one’s self in writing. Living means most have seen much, heard more and traveled enough journeys to tell stories, share histories or offer personal insights about themselves using the written word. I find that hard to do. Yet, I’m tackling my fear in writing this post and participating in this 30-day effort because the daily challenges center around writing about self.