On Writing

I used to write on a regular basis, for better or worse.

Sometimes, positive words would spill onto the page. They would bring back memories and lessons learned and inspire feelings of thankfulness for what I’ve been given.

And sometimes, the words would make a wrong turn and end up revealing some of the flaws I’ve long been battling.

But no matter the path, I was the one writing. And I was the one responsible for the ideas my writing conveyed.

The last time I wrote something was over 4.5 years ago, shortly after returning from my adventure around the world. When I got home, I quickly lost my drive to continue writing because I felt like I was back to living a “normal” life… as if inspiration can only be found when one is on some sort of extraordinary adventure.

To be fair, I did try writing a few things during that time, but my words ended up being more hurtful than helpful. Those posts led to some uncomfortable conversations with family, friends, and coworkers at the time. My words did damage and my reaction was cowardly. Instead of understanding that criticism offered insight into the person I was, I chose to stop writing altogether.

Over the past few years, I have often revisited the idea of putting my thoughts to paper once again. Not because I think the world needs to hear them, but rather because of the opportunity to create conversations around the things I regularly find myself thinking about.

My hope is that writing will help me process my thoughts and reveal areas of my life that are in need of direction. And perhaps this will evolve into an exercise in transparency and honesty, too.

And so here I am, writing once again.

Welcome to my personal collection of notes.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

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20 Comments

  1. Ida

    I loved your Jaw Surgery-blog – it was so helpful. So, great to see you back and blogging. Writing stuff down is good for your soul, I believe πŸ™‚

    • The jaw blog was quite an adventure, that’s for sure. Hopefully I can cover topics other than blended food and drooling problems this time around. πŸ˜‚

  2. Shon

    I think you’re awesome, Graham!! And I really look forward to reading your future works. It’s enlightening to witness your ability to transcend and evolve!!

    • I’m just an ordinary human, so I’m not sure about all this business about transcending and evolving… sounds like something you’ll have to teach me about at some point. πŸ˜‰

  3. Leanne

    I have always enjoyed your conversation and thoughts. Can’t wait to be part of this next collection of your thoughts, feelings, and wisdom.

    • Thoughts and feelings, yes, but wisdom? That might be stretching things a bit… 😜 Glad to have you in the conversation, Leanne! Boy do we miss you!

  4. Hey Graham! I’m so glad you’re posting again.

    Your blog saved me back in 2011 when I had the same jaw surgery. Seven years later and I don’t think I could have made it through that healing process without you.

    I hope you’re doing well! Have you considered making any video content as well?

    • Hey Margaret, good to hear from you again! As much fun as the jaw blog was, I must admit I’m glad to not be posting super-swollen mug shots this time around. πŸ˜„

      I don’t plan on creating any video content, but I see that you started doing so a few months ago… brave!

  5. Jonathan

    Looking forward to reading your unique perspective on things, Graham!

    Life isn’t all sunshine and roses, and (the collective) we need to learn to accept that fact. Without bits of darkness and shadows – the subtle shadings of life – the slate of our existence is just a plain, boring canvas lacking depth and character.

  6. Theresa

    Missed you! T!

    • Miss you guys as well! I imagine you’ve probably read at least a thousand books since I last saw you… am I close? πŸ˜„

  7. Glen

    Looking forward to reading your writings. πŸ’™

  8. Barbara Wilson

    Welcome back Graham!

    • Thanks Barbara, I hope you’re well! 😊

      (I almost wrote “Thanks, Katie’s Mom!” but I guess that was nearly half a lifetime ago for me already, yikes!)

  9. Joy Speights

    Even this short writing is inspiration, thoughtful, and represents many of my own feelings.

    Yes, you should write. I will read!

    • Thanks Joy, glad to have you in the conversation! I’ll mark you down in the “publicly committed to reading my ramblings” column. πŸ˜‰

  10. Mom

    Looking forward to following along Graham. Love you. ❀️

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