21.5.800: And What’s so great about Twitter!
On Monday, I was hanging around on Twitter, (which I’m slightly worried is becoming a bit of an addiction, if you can have a bit of an addiction) and I came across Bindu Wiles Blog, and her new project 21.5.800.
For 21 days, we’ll be doing 5 days of yoga a week and 800 words of writing per day.
It was the day before Day 1 and I was person #195 to sign up.
I haven’t posted anything in a whole week, although I’ve been writing… The problem is, I haven’t written anything that was “post-able”.
This is not a case of Dexter My Inner Critic gaining a foothold on my brain. I just can’t seem to come up with any ideas that have a beginning a middle and an end. I have some beginnings, some middles, maybe some ends I really can’t figure this out. It has happened before, so I wasn’t particularly worried. Bindu’s project seemed like the answer I was looking for.
I’ve been putting some effort lately into getting back to my meditation routine. Though I would definitely not call what I’m doing a routine, I’m doing it. Almost more often than not…
I’ve been working at accepting what is, which in this case would be that I’m accepting that 10 or 15 minutes of meditation now feels like torture when I could easily and happily do 30 minutes or more just a few months ago.
I’m out of practice.
Adding yoga into my life right now seems like a brilliant idea. I’ve been missing that for more than a year. I can’t think of a better way to get my writing to move forward.
So, Twitter is all abuzz with #21.5.800 with and as of 5 minutes ago when I checked, 408 participants. The energy is amazing!
I haven’t posted anything.
I wrote 300 or so words yesterday. They’ll probably end up in some future blog post, but nothing yet.
And while I’ve barely participated in the actual challenge so far, tomorrow is another day. I’m writing now. What matters is how blown away I am by the support that is being shared over this project! The camaraderie, the mutual encouragement and the kind words that are being tweeted by and towards the members of this group is truly beautiful.
Quite frankly, my whole blogging, tweeting, re-discovering the internet experience has been truly beautiful! I cannot remember ever, in my entire life feeling so supported. And I grew up with the most supportive parents ever.
I’m not lacking in emotional support in my real life. I don’t have a partner or children, and I spend a probably higher than average percent of my time alone. But I have friends and family, all amazing people who I know I can count on to lift me when I need a lift.
The thing is that the internet allows us to easily connect with like-minded people who have clearly defined interests. The conversations easily revolve around those interests, which makes the relationship easy. That makes it easy for us to support each other in our shared dreams and goals. And that support matters. I’m only as I write this, just beginning to understand how much it matters.
Support is support. We all need it, want it, crave it. It helps us to grow. It helps us to achieve, and I would imagine that it is what we need to become the people we were meant to be. I think that is the most important thing we can ever do with our lives.
Become the people we were meant to be. It almost makes me sad that I believe that it is the only way we are going to save this world.
We need to become our best selves.
We need to learn to follow our hearts and believe what they tell us. We need to write when we feel the urge to write. Sing when we feel the urge to sing. We need to dance. We need to contribute what we came here to contribute, to the best of our abilities.
It doesn’t matter if we’re struggling with all of the issues that all of us struggle with. It doesn’t matter that my apartment is still far from as tidy as I want it to be. It doesn’t matter that I’m still single, or that I’m worried about finding work right now. We don’t have to be perfect before we speak.
If we wait for that, we never will. And that isn’t good enough anymore.
We all have voices. And each of us who silently suspects that we have something to say, has something to say.
So let’s support each other. Let’s make a greater effort to support everyone we meet in all parts of our lives when we have the chance. We can support our co-workers, our family members, the people we meet on the street regardless of where they come from or who we think they are. Let’s tweet our brains out and ignore the people who tell us that Twitter is just a waste of time. Let’s write our blogs, and share the things that are important to us on Facebook. Let’s all commit to being our best selves and not give up when we fail. Lets contribute what we came here to contribute in even the smallest way if that is all we can manage right now.
The point is to be ourselves, so let’s be that. Let’s do what we can, in this moment, to contribute what we have within ourselves to contribute. Let’s do what we can with all of the wonderful tools we have at our disposal, so that we can do our best to create a better world.
Thank you Bindu Wiles.