Words are powerful things. They are symbolic and each individual word has its own sense of otherworldly magic. It’s hard to believe that such a simple thing can hold so much sway over another, but just think about the last time you told somebody that you loved them, or that you hated them. Do you remember the reaction? Words can elevate someone, inspiring them to do incredible things, or fill them with an overwhelming sense of joy. Words can also be used to hurt, cripple, and sometimes even kill.
Words have weight and they should be respected.
So, as we approach the president-elect’s inauguration this Friday, January 20th, I am left to consider how I will use my words in a meaningful way. This Thursday, I want to express my thanks at being alive to see this monumental, if not disastrous, shift in power. We, as a generation, are going to experience, what I believe to be, one of the single greatest motivational pushes to ever come our way, and we would be fools to not use it to our advantage.
We use words every day, some more than others, and in a myriad number of ways. We use our words to communicate our ideas to others, and these words can bring us closer, or push us further apart. We use our words to express our emotions and invoke those same feelings in others.
We’ve seen how words used for goodness can bring about incredible acts of kindness amongst others and we have also seen how words can bring about inhumane levels of violence, and hatred toward one another. I believe that we should use our words responsibly, that our words should inspire, and educate rather than cause harm.
As a writer and storyteller, I work with words every day, and I look to the words I use to communicate my ideas to my readers. It’s my goal to get my readers thinking, to let them experience the things I have written in such an acute way that they feel like they were right there next to me. At the same time, I want my words to teach, to embody emotions, and to offer perspectives that others may not have considered before. It’s a delicate line to walk because the words I choose to use could have such an incredible influence over another.
We shouldn’t be afraid to use our words. We shouldn’t be afraid to use the countless means of publishing our words out into the world. We have the ability to do so, and we have the ability to spread that information far and wide. There is not a single soul on this planet that can take your words from you, so use them, and use them with all the passion you can muster.
Make your words truly indicative of who you are and what you are trying to say.
Many of my friends and family will be taking to the streets, and they will be wielding their words so that the world knows how they feel. I could not be more proud of them and I could not be happier that they are using this moment to express themselves. They’re taking this opportunity to communicate en masse and not even the willfully ignorant could ignore them. I myself will continue to write, to do my own part in this strange, new world, and hope that my words will do good for those who choose to read them. Get out there, use your art, use your words, and make a change.