This is When My Best Pieces of Writing Happen
Amidst my worst failures, biggest tragedies, and toughest experiences
When I look back at the times when I’ve made the greatest changes in my life, the thing that I realize is that those times have always occurred during moments when I was facing the greatest opposition.
I remember back when I first started writing, I used to assume that the people who produced the most meaningful, the most compelling, and the best pieces of work were the ones who’ve really been through some terrible shit.
I used to think that people could only write something truly remarkable if they’ve actually faced something truly remarkable.
Now that I’ve had the tough experiences that I’ve had so far, I weed through all of the pieces of writing that I’ve written during and after those experiences and I notice that the rebuilding after the ruin was something truly remarkable.
And I can say that for me at least, the best pieces of work really do come out of your worst failures, biggest tragedies, and toughest experiences.
We all go through tough times. Some of us have it harder than others. Though, regardless of the severity of the struggle, it always has some kind of impact on us. It always somehow changes us.
We each deal with those tough times in a number of different ways — Some of us create music, some of us write, some of us work out our frustrations, and some of us don’t do anything at all. Or some of us indulge in unhealthy lifestyles, habits, or obsessions.
But, instead of rolling over and calling it quits, instead of giving into the grief or anger or sadness, we can take those emotions to really create something great; something truly remarkable.
I’m not saying that you can only write something meaningful after you’ve experienced some sort of tragedy. I’m not saying that you have to put yourself in bad situations and I’m not encouraging you to go out looking for trouble.
I’m saying that if you are going through something difficult in your life right now, just be strong, hang in there, and keep fighting until you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Know that you can turn it around and you will make it through.
And when you do, you can look back at those tough times and see how much you’ve endured and how far you’ve come. You can live to tell the next person who’s going through something similar and let them know they’re not alone.
Use your struggle as a way to deal. When those tough times happen, it’s the least we can do.