“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs
Before I started writing my own blog, I did research on blogging. I also followed the blogs of others. In doing research, I found that some believed that you need to post a blog every day. Others thought that a blog post should never have more than 500 words. While some felt you shouldn’t add photos to your blog. One blogger stated that she only writes when the mood moves her and she will write as much or little as she desires. Another felt that a blog without pictures didn’t provide impact. I found it all very interesting.
When I finally gained the courage to start a blog, I knew that I would feel immense pressure if I had to have a post every single day. So I chose not to. Sometimes I write under 500 words and sometimes I am very verbose. Sometimes I add media, a link or photo/photos, to the post. My only rule for myself is to publish two posts on my blog each month.
I am sure that you are asking yourself what in the world does all of this about a blog have to do with being myself or creativity? Just as I muddled through research and finding my voice as a blogger, we have to work to find our authenticity in our own lives.
This is not something that you figure out and are done. This is an ongoing research project. Being yourself is a daily challenge. It is something that we do consciously and unconsciously, through our choices, how we treat others, the words we say, and the work we do.
Like the quote from Steve Jobs, I believe that the most important work anyone can do is to be true to their authentic selves. For me, living authentically is living creatively, each and every day. What are you working towards?