I am not a “professional writer” by any stretch of the imagination nor do I claim to be or represent myself as such. Other than LinkedIn and a few other social media sites and a Jewish Neighborhood Magazine and perhaps one other publication my “work” is largely unknown. This is in no small part due to the fact that I am terrible when it comes to “marketing” myself and probably would not be very good at it if I tried to do it.
Along these lines, a very close friend/colleague of mine that I have known for years has often questioned as to why I invest my time in writing these article since I don’t get paid for them and furthermore that they take away from my sleep and rob me of energy needed for daily life. This question has been posed on many occasions so I decided to answer him with this article without a sending out any signals of anger which I certainly am not.
People have every right to ask questions especially to those whose actions they do not understand. Our children learn by asking questions. We as adults do or should do the same as there is so much more for us to learn. The only time a question is a problem is when the answer has already been given but the person asking the question feels the need to continually ask for the reason of your answer not corresponding to how they feel you should be running your life.
As to the question asked in the title of this article I will provide as many answers to it as I can think of (sometimes a question can provoke too many answers that giving them all would not serve any productive point) to the legions of special people I have met through my writing. Without your comments (positive or negative) writing would be meaningless as I obviously have not touched anybody.
Reason number one would have to be I write to touch people. I write to form a connection with those who take time out from their lives to read what I have written. For these same people to take additional time to post comments or their thoughts is a gift that is given to me. Thank you all for the gifts of your words to me.
Through my writing, I can be free to express my feelings in a way that brings me pleasure. I enjoy writing along with the privilege of using words as my chosen vehicle to let out what sometimes is trapped within my soul. There just is not a denomination of money or form of currency that could adequately act as compensation for writing as I do. Certainly a check every now and then would hurt or that I would not accept it, still monetary compensation pales in comparison to the reward of being in people’s ‘ lives and having them in mine.
Writing is just something I do was given the ability to this was once again something I consider a gift that was given to me. There are those amongst us who can lead and inspire through their superior oratory skills. The power of the spoken word delivered with sincerity and passion can never be discounted. As much as I love people and love to talk to people it is through my writing that I feel I communicate more effectively.
When I feel inspired by an event that I read, hear, see or have happened to me I feel compelled to put it into words to share it with others. One of the strengths I think I have as a “writer” is that I can present the event and my feelings about it to people so they can react to it with their feelings. Herein lies yet another reason for writing which is to share life’s events with others.
What I also try to accomplish with my writing is to give you glimpses into the thoughts and life of this person named Joel Elveson with the idea some of my experiences, opinions, etc. can perhaps add something to your day that you might find to be of interest to you.
I love my friend as he is a good compassionate caring person. The problem that I have with this questions is that it is difficult for me to adequately put into words (a writer that can’t put his feelings into words is the epitome of what I am which is say a non-professional writer) exactly why I do write.
In past articles I have alluded to my religious beliefs which I try to keep to a bare minimum as I don’t believe in trying to come off as looking to convert people from other religions which by the way is against the practices of my religion. What I do believe in is giving as much honor to my deceased parents without whose encouragement I would never have kept writing nor thought much of it.
To conclude this article while answering the question I guess the main reason I write without getting paid to do it is because it brings me joy while making me feel good even for a few fleeting moments. Thank you for reading what I have written now and in the past. You have brought much life into my life.