For me, the first of April dawns not with practical jokes and pranks but in a flurry of writing power as the A to Z Blogging Challenge launches its annual voyage across the internet.
But, this morning, I wasn't feeling the inspiration. Words were anathema to my brain as the mere thought of pushing "publish" on a blog entry filled me with palm-sweating agitation. I have a plan, I told myself. There is absolutely nothing to worry about when you have a plan. You know what to do - do it! I couldn't, though, for one simple reason: what if it wasn't good enough? What if you all laughed at my thoughts? Worse, what if you got bored? What if I just jabbered about something meaningless that would then be preserved for the public eye as long as the internet lasts? What if...
The what if's paralyze the best of us. They block inspiration, trap the imagination, and darken the joy we would otherwise experience. Worrying about the worst that could happen doesn't save us from disaster - it only keeps us from living in today's moments.
So, with no genius descending from the clouds to mark my post with the brilliance of deep thought, I decided to share that with you. Because I'm going to push "publish" and you're going to read this. Maybe you'll laugh. Some of you might have already moved on to the next blog. And maybe it is meaningless in all the writing presented to the world in this moment. But I'm still doing it.
This month, if you're participating in the challenge (and even if you're not), don't waste time worrying. Just push "publish." Live life. Go for it. That's what this thing is all about.
Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Thinks You Can Think" begins tomorrow. There are only 20 pages in that book, so I had to space them out over the weekdays. That means Saturdays will be Other Blog days showcasing some of my favorite writers from around the web. If you have favorites of your own, drop me a line on my Facebook page!