There are so many aspects of life that a writer can celebrate, so when you ask yourself, why am I writing? think about doing it just to celebrate something.
In a fast-paced world we often forget to celebrate our achievements and milestones because we get so caught up on what is happening next. You could say it’s like stopping to smell the roses.
This kind of writing relates to non-fiction because it’s about celebrating life and events through story, rather than fictional stories. It’s through the story of your achievements and milestones that you can connect with other people who can follow your journey and learn something for themselves. So often we have goals and dreams and work hard to make them happen. But when we get there, we immediately move onto the next thing, hardly taking the time to process anything or to value and enjoy the success.
By celebrating your accomplishments you won’t be at the end of something but actually acknowledging progress. In doing so, you can debrief and assess what you have done and cement the great things that you have learnt (and know what to avoid in future).
So what can you celebrate? If you’re a writer, celebrate the fact that you are working at your craft like a professional. If you’re a business owner, celebrate milestones as you go, whether it’s being in business for six months or 50 years, they are all significant to you in some way. Or if you are running some kind of project or program and it’s been difficult to getting it off the ground, celebrate that you have. Tell people about these events that are worthy of applause. You will be surprised that people are interested and can learn from your story.
It’s okay to commemorate your milestones and to write them down. This will be your legacy. Use these stories to connect with others who might be on a similar path. Do it through articles, blog posts, social media posts and books.