Almost four decades ago I used to write a bit of poetry and a few articles for our college magazine. Then as I grew up and got into work, this habit of writing almost disappeared. It was just left to a few articles in some company newsletters or professional magazines. My commitment to work took precedence and this art of writing faded into memory.
About a year back, I took my annual vacation with my wife and went for an Ayurvedic rejuvenation camp for three weeks. This hospital was in the backdrop of the western ghats amidst a rural landscape. As I spent the day in my treatment, the evenings were spent in long walks along the country roads bythe mountains, lakes and green fields. This sojourn with nature rekindled the writing spirit in me and I started writing blogs.
Since then I have been writing blogs whenever my thoughts flow through my mind and my soul is tickled to express myself in words. Today I publish a blog every week and God willing intend to publish a booklet of every hundred blogs I write. This will enable me to share my reflections, feelings, thoughts and emotions with others and learn from their reactions too.
Today I experience the joy of writing. As I sit down on my Ipad to express myself in words, the thoughts and feelings flow like the tributaries of a river. It starts with a thought and then flows like a river. Normally, I jot down every feeling I get and also the thoughts, which pass through my mind at different times of the day and night. Then I start pondering over that thought or feeling and words flow through my fingers like the water wading though the rocks on the river bed finding its way downstream.
Words expressed in writing gives me joy. Some people are good in sharing their feelings and thoughts by speaking about them. I do share it the same way but the ease at which I can express in writing is more than what I can speak. Normally, I prepare for my speeches and try to be spontaneous rather than reading from a script. But, when I sit down to write, the emotions in my heart pour as words on the tablet as I try to express myself.
It is easy to share joy with others. Sometimes it may be necessary to share sorrow too with your near and dear ones so that you feel lighter. But I find it easiest to write down what I feel and then share it with everyone who is interested in reading my expressions. This way I feel lighter, fearless and free flowing in my life. Each of us have our own way of expressing ourselves and sharing our feelings and emotions.
As in the photo above, if you have the vastness of the sea in front of you and the mystic of the setting sun, then words flow through your pen like the waves on the sea shore.
Some of us like to be left alone and like to meditate. While others like to read a book or listen to music. My way of relaxing is to write and express myself in words. It is this habit, which has helped me de-stress myself and sharing my emotions with others. Each of us have to find our own way of enjoying life. There is nothing right or wrong about any hobby or habit.
Let us discover our joy in life and enjoy it to the fullest.
S Ramesh Shankar