When I was a new student at Brown, my English professor was always explaining that when you write out a sentence, it is the same way that you would write out a sentence if you were asking the teacher for help. This was a life-changing moment for me.
As a professor, I’ve seen the power of this method for the first time, and it really has opened my eyes to how much I can write in my own life if I just take the time to write out the words. Writing out a sentence is not about getting the words right, it’s about getting the sentence right. Writing is about allowing the writer to get into the head and heart of the subject, and giving it to the reader so they can understand.
Writing is something that is so deeply connected to the heart and soul of writing, that it’s a difficult thing to talk about. It’s a hard thing to let go (because when you talk about writing, it can be a very difficult thing to do). It’s a hard thing to have to write about. I’ve never felt so free.
The hardest thing about writing is it’s not just about words and what they mean. Its also about how you feel about writing. Sometimes you feel nothing, sometimes you feel scared, sometimes you feel excited. Its about the way you want to feel. Its about how you want to feel, about what you want to say. Its always about wanting to say it.
To me writing is about feeling, about how i feel about something. I feel so free, i feel so different. My words can change your life, how you feel about something. If you read my blog or watch my stream, you should feel free. I can speak my mind, i can express myself. I can be myself, i can be you. I can write about what i want to say, or what i need to say.
When we were kids, we used to say, “A man should be what he wants to be.” You know, a “man who writes should be a man who writes.” That was what we meant. The expression “man who writes” is about our definition of masculinity, about how we see ourselves. When we define our masculinity, we create a certain type of man. I’d say it’s that expression that defines us.
So I’m not saying that being masculine is the same thing as being a man, but it is an expression. The reason that it’s important is because we all have different needs, desires, and needs for expression. When we ask ourselves, “Do I want to be a man?” we are asking ourselves, “What do I actually need to be a man?” The thing that we need to be a man is our self-awareness.
It’s really important because if we don’t have that self-awareness we will never be able to express ourselves clearly. As we have stated, having a clear image of our own masculinity will give us that self-awareness that enables us to do what we need to do. We know now that if we want to be a man we need to define what masculinity means. And to do that we need to know our self-awareness.
Self-awareness is the ability to see our true selves and our true roles in the world, and to know what we need to do in order to be who we really are.