I'm one of those people who feels inspired constantly--I'm excitable and love coming up with ideas. What I've learned over my 25 years is that I struggle to follow through.
I'm forcing myself to change, and I'm committing. I'm committing to 365 days of writing, and I'm publishing it here to hold myself accountable. The word "poem" is scary and foreign to a lot of people. Most people think they hate poetry, but it's 2017: Rupi Kaur has shown us that poetry can resonate with anyone. We can do anything we want with words.
My inspiration for this series is pretty simple. No matter how wise and certain we feel, we're never finished. There's always something to learn, question, and examine. At the end of the day, do any of us really know what we're doing? Life is constantly changing, and while that scares me, it's also what makes us human.
After a year of editing the poems while still keeping their original integrity in tact, the series is FINISHED! Click on the photo below to view a year of questions, 365 poems, and a successfully completed goal.
I wanted to keep the series open-ended so it's free to change over time. But I also knew I needed a few guidelines to keep me moving in the right direction. Here they are:
Unless I'm unconscious, I have to write every day. It doesn't have to be long, but I have to write.
One of the lines has to be in the form of a question.
I won't pressure myself to publish them online every single day, but they'll be written and ready to go for when I have time. Uploading them weekly sounds doable.
It's tempting to come up with a list of ideas beforehand to make sure I don't run out, but I'm not. I want to capture a true depiction of my thoughts and feelings each day, which can't be planned. Let's see where the months take me!
I'm a chronic editor, so it's going to be difficult to publish them without feeling like they're perfect. I'll allow myself to tweak and refine them slightly, but since I'm writing each day, I'll have to accept there's only so much editing I can do. In a way, it'll be interesting to watch how my writing progresses.
I won't be sharing each one on social media. That would get old pretty fast for all of us. They'll be posted here though, and I'll make sure to share my favorites. :)