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Constant Battle


By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist

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Probably one of the biggest troubles I face writing is (as with any writer) Writer’s Block. But it isn’t writers block in the sense of having nothing to say, but more in the sense of I don’t want to say it. I was raised in Georgia, the land flowing with sweet tea and stereotypical southern sayings such as, “My momma said if you ain’t got nothing good to say, don’t say anything.”

Now, it’s not that I have nothing to say, because I have plenty. The issue which lies therein is the struggle to maintain positivity in my style of writing. I could talk about politics (not even I  hate myself enough to write a column about that anytime soon), I could talk about the tragic events that unfolded in a bar in California last week, or I could talk about any current controversial events.

But I don’t want to.

Sometimes, I don’t really have anything to say. Well, at least anything good to say.

Thus spurs the thought of the impact that we have as individuals in society. I refuse to be someone who divides or judges/degrades people. I want the impact and impression that I leave on others as one of unity, as one of love and peace.

Maybe I care too much about what others think about me. Or maybe I am right, and life is too short and too precious to not be supportive and loving to others. Maybe I am spineless for not speaking my mind all the time, or maybe I am strong for keeping my speech controlled (as I can). But the constant battle in my mind between an action and the perceived response can be both frustrating and empowering.

It takes no money, and almost no effort to speak consolingly to someone depressed. It takes no effort to pay someone a compliment that can change their day. It takes almost no effort to just smile at someone in passing. The impact you have in others lives is always more than you give yourself credit for.

So when I don’t have much good to say, I try to reevaluate my outlook, and try to reevaluate my priorities, and remember why I fell in love with writing in the first place. It was an expression of thought, a way I can support and encourage others, and a way that I vent the dangers and insecurities of mine for others to understand and realize they are not alone.

It is okay to not know. It is okay to be silent. It is okay to try to find your voice. But just remember that when you finally speak, try to change the world for the better with each sentence you say. Because if you don’t have anything good to say, well, find something good.

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