Some time ago, I was watching a show on the science of taste. In it, they demonstrated that DNA has a lot to do with kids’ like or dislike of certain foods, namely vegetables. They were able to predict with extreme accuracy which kids would hate broccoli, and which would love Brussel Sprouts (I, for one have always been a fan of Brussel Sprouts, and relish the day that I can make them well. That, however is a story for another time).
In the show, they talked about the stress and anxiety that kids that hated vegetables went through, especially when their parents would give them the classic line “eat it, it’s good for you”. Now, I don’t know of any kid who jumps up and down at the sound of those words… in fact, they (and I would venture to say quite a few adults too) run screaming, trying to find a place to hide, because that phrase usually invokes thoughts of horrid taste, pain or loss. Lessons that we would rather learn in other ways… “growing up”, taking it like a man, the list goes on and on.
what does any of this have to do with writing/blogging?
For me, plenty… While my DNA has me as a storyteller, lately, it feels like my DNA has shifted, causing me to have an aversion to writing. I have sat down with every notion of writing something. It didn’t even have to be witty, or breathtaking, just getting into the flow of what has always been natural to me, only to find me running screaming. “Don’t make me “eat” this!”. It wasn’t just on my blog either, but I would go to friends’ sites, and find every excuse to not comment on their posts (“they don’t want to hear me. I have nothing to say”).
It felt like eating broccoli…
I had to do it though. Not for anyone else, but for me. To get back to the “me” that I know I am. So, here I am… eating what is good for me. It doesn’t flow right now like I want it to, but it will.
I was on my friend J’s site, ahumanthing.net, and she was talking about taking a challenge (initially, it was a joke, but she’s good about not letting things go too quickly and seeing opportunity in front of her). Inspiring… it did help me break through the barrier, or at least open the gate a little. Right now, I’ll take that.
So, Kid Stuph will begin to be populated again with Life, Love and Wisdom. It will be a slow progression, but I will get back to my discipline of writing. I’m “eating my blogcoli”… it’s good for me.
J’s new site on the wonders of love: http://ahumanthing.net
If you can’t write for yourself, why not join Estrella Azul and write for others? http://estrella05azul.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/writing-love-letters-for-our-adopted-bundle/