If you want to know what someone believes, look at how they behave. We can all say we believe anything at all, but our beliefs are expressed in our actions.
I’ve been saying for years that I want to write more. that writing is a priority for me. Until two years ago, I wasn’t walking my talk. Not that I didn’t write at all, but it wasn’t a priority. Except for November, 2008, when I won NaNo for the first time. That was cool, but not sustainable.
But for the last couple of years, I notice that I’m writing more. Daily, even. I’m finally walking my talk. Of course, my definition of “writing” has also gotten a little looser. But that feels good, too.
None of my writing is wasted, not even the silly emails I send my family about my day. I usually write these in the middle of the night when I can’t settle down from the events of the day. I consider them “writing” as I rewrite and edit them, making them as funny as I can. Anything that allows me to practice my craft qualifies as writing these days.
If you read my life coaching blog, you’ll see that I recently wrote about Self-Love. Part of my path to kindness and compassion toward myself is allowing myself to make mistakes and allowing myself to call myself a writer, even though I haven’t published the great American novel (yet!)
While I don’t want to delude myself by calling myself a writer after writing a two line email, I also can’t wait until I’m published by Random House to do it. There’s a middle road that I choose to walk. I’m a busy mom and life coach—and writer.
In the past two years, I’ve made tremendous progress as a writer. One of the reasons this is so is because I’ve allowed myself to be a writer-in-progress and stopped forbidding myself the title of writer just because I don’t have an agent and a publisher.
Almost twenty years ago, after four years of medical school, I graduated with the degree of medical doctor. Then I worked as a resident for three years and took care of patients under the watchful supervision of more experienced physicians. But I still called myself a doctor. I see my journey as a writer in the similar way. I’ve gained enough experience and expertise (I’ve sat my butt in the chair enough hours and produced enough words) to call myself a writer. But I’m still a work in progress. I’m still putting in my 10,000 hours.
Did you write today? Then you, too, are a writer. Let yourself believe it.
Diane MacKinnon, MD, Master Certified Life Coach, is currently a full-time mother, part-time life coach. She is a Master Certified Life Coach, trained by Martha Beck, among others. She is passionate about her son, her writing and using her mind to create a wonderful present moment. Find her life coaching blog at www.dianemackinnon.com/blog.