I’m reading The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien at the moment and it’s the kind of book that takes me three weeks to read. Something I immerse myself in slowly. It’s a good book but not my favourite type of read. I love page-turners.
Committed, for me, is a page-turner. A book I can read in three days (or if I really go for it, one day.) So, as a person who reads multiple books at a time, I picked up Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert last night because it’s a book I can get absorbed in, enjoy and read quickly.
Within a page of reading Committed for the second time, I was struck by how much I love Liz’s writing. It’s just so easy to read. I want to be able to write like that. It takes absolutely no effort to read her words; I’m absorbed instantly and it’s a pleasure.
The other thing I was struck by was how much Liz’s books inspire me to write. Her memoirs are the type of books I want to write. Reflections on stages of my life and what I learnt and how I grew. How I lived and how I come to terms with life.
Her books and her writing make me want to write. They put kindling on the fire and ignite this burning desire in me to write. It’s a deep from the soul thing. It’s in moments like these that I remember I’m a writer; I was made to write.
So I’m grateful for Liz. I’m grateful for her writing and the books she shares with the world. But it’s not just because she inspires me to write and to write with a certain style and in a certain genre. It’s because she writes books that help me be at peace with my life.
Somehow reading her thoughts and stories and life journey helps me to be okay with who I am and where I’m at. For that I am immeasurably grateful.
It inspires me even more to write. If by writing my own memoirs, I can help others in their own existence, then my existence was worth it.
I want to matter, yes. I want to make a difference in the world. And I want to do that through writing. It’s not just about me doing what I love but about trusting that doing what I was made to do will benefit others in some way.
I believe this for everyone. And I thank everyone who uses what they’ve been given and does what they’re made to do because they are giving gifts to people.
It may be that the gift is as important as life – by adding joy, love, hope, humour, comfort, understanding, compassion, or any number of other things to a person’s life. I know this because writing has a way of bring life to me.
That’s what Liz has done for me ever since I first picked up one of her books. Over the years, she’s helped me heal through some heartache, walk through depression, and pick up the pieces of my identity. That’s huge! And I am so grateful that I want to put the gratitude into action and write my own stories.
There are a bunch of other authors who do what Liz do for me, authors I’m so thankful to for putting words on paper: Donald Miller, Gretchen Rubin, Allison Fallon, Brene Brown, to name a few.
Which authors are you grateful for?