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 take a 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.

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Ida January 10, 2018 Reply

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™‚

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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˜‚

E May 3, 2019 Reply

Here it is 2019 and I have read Graham’s blog on double jaw surgery. It is so accurate. I had the surgery 5 weeks ago. The blog made me feel better about what I am going through. The biggest challenge is the numbness in the lower chin, nose and lips, but it is subsiding. I hope I regain full feeling. The other challenge is what to eat during recovery. I just want to lick a steak to get the taste. I’m sick of soup, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, cream of wheat and smoothies. I crave real food.

Shon January 10, 2018 Reply

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!!

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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˜‰

Leanne January 9, 2018 Reply

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

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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!

Margaret Hemenway January 9, 2018 Reply

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?

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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!

Jonathan January 9, 2018 Reply

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.

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

Wow, perhaps you should be the writer and I the reader… πŸ€”

Theresa January 9, 2018 Reply

Missed you! T!

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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˜„

Glen January 9, 2018 Reply

Looking forward to reading your writings. πŸ’™

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

Nice, I can count one entire household as readers now! πŸ˜„

Barbara Wilson January 9, 2018 Reply

Welcome back Graham!

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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!)

Joy Speights January 9, 2018 Reply

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

Yes, you should write. I will read!

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

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

Mom January 9, 2018 Reply

Looking forward to following along Graham. Love you. ❀️

Graham Swan January 10, 2018 Reply

I’ll try not to let you down, Mom! πŸ˜‚

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