My Dear Ingenium

I sit at my laptop every night and try to write. Even if I’m tired. Even if I should be vacuuming. Even if it makes more sense to just turn on a show and relax. I try to write anyway.

I tell myself that people are waiting for my post. I tell myself it is important for me to do this. I tell myself that someday it will pay off. I’m not sure any of those things are true, and lately l’ve been wondering why I keep writing and posting and pushing myself to go when I no longer have any idea what my destination is.

Today I was reminded. I saw the piece of paper where Micah wrote, “My dear Ingenium*, I am here I am listening.” It’s been hanging on the wall for over a year, but I think today was the first time I’ve actually seen it in months. I heard Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) say those words on a podcast a while ago, and they quickly became a mantra of sorts for me. Because if you want to be good at something, you have to put in the time. You have to prove to the god of genius that you are serious about what you are doing. And if you do, she will come talk to you. But if she’s going toย talk to you, you need to be there, working at it, tirelessly, consistently.

So I sit. I write (or try). And I hope that eventually Ingenium and I will become friends. And she will talk to me. Because here I am, night after night, ready to listen to her.

*feel free to correct my Latin if you know Latin . . . .

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4 Comments

  1. I wait for the posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ And, if it means anything coming from lil ole me, yours are always some of the best written ones I read.

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    lizzie Reply:

    It definitely means something. I really appreciate the encouragement and the motivation to keep it up.

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  2. I wait and relish the posts as well! You have quite a fan base and I always feel a little more sane and understood after your posts– you write so eloquently to what I’m often feeling. Keep on keeping on!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Will do! Thanks for being a faithful reader. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I’m another always waiting for the next post: for that little inspiration to go run, or smile from a story that you provide every day.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Lucy! I’m grateful to hear it. I hope I can keep it up.

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  4. That’s a cool quote. And, I too enjoy your writing. Did you see the TED talk with Elizabeth Gilbert? It was very interesting.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I haven’t seen the TED talk. I’ll look into it. Thanks for the heads up. And thanks for enjoying my writing . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

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