The Maya Angelou Quote That Made Me Write … Everyday
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I don’t know much about Maya Angelou. I would like to say I read her books, watched her interviews and was a big fan, but I wasn’t. My only real connection with Maya Angelou was through her quotes. Quotes that I saw scattered all over the internet and even referenced in some of my writings.
I loved her quotes because they were witty, introspective and had impact. As a creative she connected with me. And of all her amazing quotes, there is a one quote that really hit with me … that really helped me.
That was the time I struggled with blogging regularly. I had all these great stories I wanted to write, I would come up with the thoughts in my head, even write it down on pieces of papers. So many papers that I will literarily have my bag littered with articles over articles, chapters over chapters, but yet I did not put them on my blog. Granted I had published 2 books at that time, but yet I was not writing 90% of the thoughts that came into my head … my blog was a once a week
love hate affair and sometimes once a month. I spent my time on other people blogs admiring their consistency. People like Seth Godin.
And then I stumbled upon this quote that said “there is no greater agony than having an untold story inside you.” How she wrote this down or came up with that is beyond me, because it was so perfect. Perfect because I always felt the pain and agony of how great an article I never wrote would have been if i had just written it at this time or how great that sketch would have been if I had drawn at that time.
There is no greater agony than having an untold story inside you.
My problem was that I was looking for the perfect time, the perfect condition, the perfect moment, I was waiting for inspiration to hit me when I was ready to receive it. But that quote made me feel guilty for not writing the words in my head. I would like to say that immediately I saw the quote, that I started writing more and more, but that is a lie, I slumped off and did the one week thing again for months. And then I started pushing myself harder, what about 2 articles a week. What about 3 a week and then I would relapse. It was back and forth, back and forth, but with consistency I hit a stride. And for the past 3 weeks (or so) I have been able to write/blog every single day.
What changed? Nothing really. My free time did not increase, my schedule did not change, but my mindset had. And I believe it all started with that quote 2 years ago, that made me feel guilty. And all I can say is thank you Maya …
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