Blank Pages

I love writing.

I love to journal and doodle and scribble and scratch.

I have dozens of journals and diaries from childhood through adolescence — filled with memories, thoughts, hopes, emotions and randomness.

I have always loved writing, always loved the written word, always loved expressing myself and emptying my mind via pen and paper.

I find myself in an odd place right now.




By the very thing which used to inspire and excite me…



I bought a new journal, a beautiful journal with a natural cover and smooth pages.

As I walked up to the front of the store with the journal – images flashed through my mind.

Pages covered with thoughts, hopes, dreams, ideas…

Page after page covered with me… my heart, my hopes, my essence… both a release and a source of inspiration.

So much potential in those smooth pages.

Now it taunts me.

I can’t seem to write in it.

I’m afraid of writing the wrong thing – of wasting the space – of  not living up to the image in my mind.

It’s silly, ridiculous, laughable even…

Yet my notebook remains blank, the pages virginal – untouched, unmarred…

I know that I just need to write.. for 30 seconds, 60 seconds…

I need to just WRITE.

But I’m so intimidated by those blank pages and not living up to their potential…


Please tell me I’m not alone.




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