Words are Powerful

Alright, I’m back with my second blog post. I plan to do these once a week releasing them on Tuesday! That is my goal and I’m want to dedicate myself to it. A lot of these posts will pertain to thoughts that happen to me throughout the week and are written in the moment. From there, I’ll have a pool of blog posts I can sift through and choose one to post on Tuesday. For the first Tuesday (that would be today since this is being written on 2/18) there should be a shorter introductory blog post you can find here. So there will be no new post until the following week. Hopefully that’s when this one goes up as long as the perfectionist in me doesn’t delete it. Anyways, that’s enough wasting time, I’ll move onto the main topic of what I’m writing today.

I just watched the most recent episode of Doctor Who. If you don’t know this about me, the series has been an incredible hobby of mine since I was a kid. My mom grew up watching it, and she would sneak around against her parent’s wishes just to watch the show. It reminds me of the time I decided to play Neopets at around 2 in the morning. Of course, in my mind, I decided that dimming the computer screen was enough to get away with it. If it isn’t obvious, I got caught. The point I’m trying to make is that Doctor Who has been a big part of my life that I’ve enjoyed since I was young. Despite the controversy following the series, this season has been fantastic. Most so, the episode titled, “The Haunting of Villa Diodati” blew me away. Not because of the episode itself, but it spoke to me as a person who loves to write. It was a historical episode based around the creation of Frankenstein (The book not the monster itself). So in short, an entire episode about writing mixed in with typical antics for the show. In the episode there was a moment when The Doctor said that, “words are powerful”. Those weren’t her exact words, but it was the point she was going for. That people’s words last throughout the test of time. Going from that to here, I decided to elaborate more on that from my own personal experiences and desires.

My entire life I’ve always absorbed writing. From video games and anime to television and movies, I loved it all. I’ve always thought about how certain works of fiction had changed how I thought about life. Growing up watching Doctor Who I learned to treat people with kindness and to give second chances. Even to the people that everyone else hates, I learned to extend my hand and offer them help. As a hopeless romantic I laughed and cried while watching How I Met Your Mother which is another show I adored. That show taught me many lessons that I still take to heart. Through the course of the series, Ted talks to the audience like you’re one of his kids and he’s providing you with advice. Advice that’s often overlooked because of the comedic nature of the series. One of my favorite take backs from that was one on anger. I’ll include the scene in a video below. Just be warned it is a bit of a spoiler for the show and there is a mild language warning as well.

“Kids, you may think your only choices are to swallow your anger or throw it in someone’s face, but there’s a third option: You can just let it go, and only when you do that is it really gone and you can move forward.” -Ted Mosby

Whether you watched the clip I put in or read the quote I added afterward, I think you get the point. Now, this isn’t me telling you to “get over yourself” because you’re pointlessly angry. That’s not the point of what I’m trying to say. Not everyone can forgive and move on and that’s okay, you don’t have to do that if you’re not ready to or at all for that matter, but my point is about how his words impacted me. They were powerful from the moment I heard them. How many of you have had a bad day? I bet the majority of people reading this have. It’s almost impossible to go through life without a few bumps and scrapes. Everyone is different so I can’t speak for all of you, but I bet there are some of you that experienced the power of words. Maybe work beat you down all day long and you decided to keep it to yourself sending yourself spiraling into an even worse mood. One of those moods where every small thing after was infected because of how your day started. If you had spoke to someone about your problems, would their words have helped? Maybe the lack of words was the problem or maybe too many words were also the problem. Regardless, these little things that we string together to make sentences are more powerful than we realize.

So, why did I take you through all of this? Well… it’s always been a dream of mine to impact someone with my words. I want to write something that not only challenges someone’s way of thinking but challenges the readers themselves. I want someone to read something I’ve written and come out a different person. I want my words to mean something like so many words has changed me. The outlook on life–to me, is such a fragile thing. As I go through life, I want to continue to mold my perspective. I’m not satisfied settling on a single mindset. I want to continually challenge how I see everything and make changes along the way. Hopefully changes for the better.

Anyways, this post went on a lot longer than I meant it to. I apologize for the, as I like to call it, word vomit. Not every entree will be this long with so many references, but I hope you took something from what I wrote today. Who knows? Maybe I already started to change your perspective even if it’s just a fraction.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week. 🙂

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