There’s a taste of my middle school sense of humor coming out. Seriously though, I am not a fan of that slogan, new year, new me. Barf. First of all, there is nothing wrong with the current you. Sure there might be things you want to improve upon, but don’t we all? That doesn’t mean you need to change who you are. In fact, you should not change who you are. And if you really wanted to change the whole of your being, it is not as simple as just making the statement. That is akin to Michael Scott trying to declare bankruptcy by simply yelling out, “I. Declare. Bankruptcyyyyy!” in the middle of the office. It does nothing.
That being said, I am currently on a kick of trying to improve myself. I spent the last few months of 2018 figuring out what truly mattered to me and trying to focus in on those specific things. One of those things is writing, hence the blog. I am a firm believer that in order to be a better teacher of writing I must also write more myself. Also in full disclosure, one of my life long dreams is publishing a book, so I am writing more to attain that goal as well.
I am reading 2 books right now that I would loosely categorize as “self-help” books. One is Atomic Habits by James Clear. As you may have guessed from the title it is about changing your habits. I am pleasantly surprised at what an enjoyable book this is so far. One of the ideas mentioned in this book is to start considering yourself as the thing you want to be. For example, instead of saying “I am trying to quit,” be it smoking, or drinking, or eating carbs, you shift to saying AND thinking, “I don’t (smoke, eat carbs, drink, etc).” Seems so simple, and yet, when I think of connecting this to writing I have a difficult time saying, “I am a writer” instead of, “I am trying to be more of a writer.” It feels so braggy. (“Is that braggy? I don’t mean it to be braggy.”– Pam, from The Office)
Actually braggy isn’t the right word. I feel like it isn’t true because I don’t have any evidence of it. Maybe that is just the teacher in me coming out. Make a claim and back it up with evidence. I guess that is what I am doing with this blog, backing up my statement that I am a writer with evidence. I am not a well-known, published author, and it is not my job, but I really enjoy writing, and I am going to change my habits slowly by shifting how I think about it until I fully become it.
Side note: I really need to stop having The Office playing in the background as I am writing so I don’t refer to it all the time, but I can’t help it. I just love it so much.