I had an interesting conversation this week with one of my coworkers. We were talking about what we do in our spare time. He mentioned that he doesn’t like to do very much, so he likes to waste his time (his words, not mine) watching series on Netflix. According to him, it’s like being able to watch a 50 hour movie.
Usually in this kind of conversation, I kind of mumble a response, something about laundry and stuff like that. But this time, I decided to get brave and tell him that I use my spare time writing. I just said, “I don’t like to waste my time with that kind of stuff because I like to use my time writing.”
But it was his response that surprised me. I really don’t tell people because I’m afraid of what they say. How do most people respond when I tell them? Just a ‘That’s cool,’ and a quick change of subject. But instead, my coworker responded by telling me that he was impressed. He told me that he’d thought of writing, but he’s never actually done it.
He told me that I was in the 1%. The kind of person who actually goes after my dreams instead of sitting around thinking about it.
I’ve never had such a positive response before and it made me really think. Why am I so afraid to say those two words?
I write. I write.
It’s a very important part of my life, something that takes up all of my free time, and even some of my laundry time. And my dishes time. But for some reason, it’s scary to say out loud.
Which is why I’m so grateful to my coworker for his response. He made me realize that writing isn’t something to be embarrassed about. It’s not something that I have to hide from those I associate with. It’s a part of me. Just like coloring and playing the piano.
What do you like to do in your free time? I write.