Why I write

I write. I put symbols on this digital medium to form words that have meaning, and those words put together make meaningful sentences and paragraphs.

There are several reasons why.

1. I need to express myself.

Writing is my way of flowing out the thoughts inside. We are flow. We inspire or breathe in, and we also must expire or breathe out. This is my way of expiration.

When we receive impressions, we must give expressions. Problems happen when we repress or suppress things inside. Life is a flow. Death is stopping this flow. This is my way of flowing.

I don’t presume to be a good writer. Whether I am a good writer or not will be up to the eyes of whoever reads my words. But I simply write to try and express what I perceive, what I sense, what I think, what I feel. I don’t know if my way is a good way or bad way. Hell, I don’t even know where my thoughts come from.

Whether or not people will be able to read my thoughts, I don’t know.
Whether or not people will like my works, I don’t know.
Whether or not my writing will be good, I don’t know.

But what I do know is that I have something to say.
I do know that I need to say that something.
I know I will try to say it.

2. To contribute to the discourse of ideas in existence.

I think. You think. We all think.

All of us have our own ideas and ways of thinking about reality and all things in it. I acknowledge my ideas and know they are part of the many ideas that are interacting with one another and giving birth to new ones every day.

My sharing of my ideas through this medium is a way of sparking other people’s thoughts according to my individual way of thinking that otherwise wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t shared my ideas.

Every act of expressing one’s thought is taking part in the conversation between all the thinkers in existence.

With the advent of literature, one can behold the thoughts of thinker that was once long dead, and critique, converse, and build upon his ideas. Being able to write makes an immense help for man’s memory. He has achieved the continuity of thought that mere oral tradition did not afford him.

With the advent of the internet, one can now even hold discourse with contemporary thinkers that are across the world instantaneously. The rapid exchange and astounding availability of information makes ideas grow so quickly with all these thinkers conversing. Man has achieved a rapidity of thought that was otherwise absent in mere literature.

All men have their own minds. I believe they must insist on their own thought that is original to them. They draw from the thoughts and words of others, but they have the ability and creativity to express that information that only they will be able to do.

This is my own unique part in the discourse.

3. It feels right.

At the end of the day, your purpose is not just something that makes sense, but something that you feel like doing out of the depths of your being.

I feel that way in writing. We have different talents, perspicacities, abilities, quirks, preferences, desires, dreams, reveries, goals, and ambitions.

I believe each of our purpose is not just something head knowledge or borne of rational thought, but something that resounds with your head, heart, gut, and hands. It resounds with your whole being. It makes you come alive. It makes you awake to life.

Again I wish to reiterate what I believe captures the essence of passion and purpose, and how it relates to the world:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

Going beyond just asking what the world needs, go ask what will make you come alive. Then do it. Because when you come alive, you will serve in the way that is effortless to you, in a way that is natural.

This is me following my heart and intuition. This is me living my life by the call of my soul. This is me doing what makes me come alive.

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So I write.

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Be Selfish

Think only about yourself.
Make yourself the number one person in your life.
Care only for what you want.

You read that right. You might be wondering now, “what the hell is this guy saying? Isn’t he about sharing happiness with other people and stuff?”

Simply because…

Being selfish is the most unselfish thing you can do.

Now, how can that be? Here are the reasons:

1. It is only when you put yourself first that you can truly share happiness.

You have desires. You have wants. You have needs.

Longings inside you that make you genuinely happy when you have them fulfilled. Don’t be ashamed of them! You deserve to be happy as much as the rest of people.

When you become truly happy, that is the only time you can share that true happiness with others. That happiness is the result of you knowing yourself and loving yourself. You cannot share with others the happiness you do not have.

2. Being selfish is human nature.

Humans may be social creatures, living in communities, but those communities are made of individuals – selves. Well, guess what? You are a self. Being selfless is denying the reality of who you are. And you won’t understand what other human selves need because you haven’t accepted your own self as reality.

If you’re selfish, you know what it means to have your own personal needs, goals, wants, dreams, hopes, aspirations. If you’re selfish, you know that other selves have the same desires as you do.

If you don’t acknowledge and accept yourself for who you are – the things you like, things you don’t like, your dreams, hopes, wishes, preferences – then you won’t understand about other people in the things they hold important to their happiness.

You cannot help others with their happiness if you don’t even know how it feels to do things for your own happiness.

3. Being selfish makes you happy and this naturally flows to others.

If you’re happy, then you don’t even have to think about how to share your happiness. Your understanding about happiness becomes intuitive that you feel how to do it and have the natural motivation to make others happy.

In fact, sometimes being happy is just enough sometimes that when other people get close to a happy person, they are infected by that person’s happiness.

4. Coming alive with your selfish passions, you inspire others to come alive.

When you put yourself first, you can be passionate. When you’re passionate about something, then you would do great in it. When you do great in it, people will be inspired by you. People will see that spark of life that makes them want to do what makes them happy too.

If you feel like you have to do something and do something out of duty, it’s ugly.
If you feel like you WANT to do something and do it out of your own selfish joy, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

There’s a great quote on this:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

Those who we consider some of the greatest in the history of humanity I believe, are those who have come alive because they put themselves first. It is in being selfish that they have become the most unselfish people. They have contributed to the life of the world by first coming alive.

5. Because you teach other people to be responsible for their own happiness.

If you become selfish and take charge of your happiness, then you empower people with that realisation. When they see that you do things for yourself and make the most of your situation instead of waiting for others to make conditions right, they see that it is possible for them to do the same.

The realisation is that they are the ones responsible for how they feel about life, not others. They are responsible for their happiness or their sadness. This makes them take action and have a pr0-active perspective that their life is in their hands. Other people cannot make them feel happy, sad, angry, frustrated, etc. unless they want them to.

For me, this blog is selfishly unselfish. Why? Because it makes me happy when I get to somehow inspire people and share my life. I’m not doing it because other people told me to do so. I’m doing it because of putting myself first. I do this because I’m able to express myself, I do this because it gives me an opportunity to be known for who I am. I’m doing this because I want to be good at something.

So be selfish. It’s good for you. It’s good for all of us. It’s good for life.