Express Yourself!

If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

I read an article similar to these two posts prompts yesterday, about how personal memory can affect identity. The article centered around John Locke’s theory found in Book II Chapter XXVII entitled “On Identity and Diversity” in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). Now I need to try and explain it simply don’t I?! If you want to read it all, try this on Wikipedia.

Without going in to all the side issues of counsciousness, Locke’s theory is that we can define ourselves based on memories we have of things we have physically experienced in our lives. Kind of makes sense. We can learn the lessons of the past and make decision based on that.

The article I read was pointing out that, in keeping a diary / journal / blog, we have the ability to influence what we do in the future when or if we review said diary / journal / blog. What we choose to write or omit in the present is us consciously making a decision about how we might want to affect our future selves.

I guess, because bloggers express themselves in writing and make their writing public, that it is also us deciding how we want to influence others. I am not good at expressing myself. (I tend to mumble more than usual, look at the floor and nod in a manner that I’m actually trying to convince myself I have nothing more to say before leaving the situation.) I’ve alluded to this in past blog posts. It’s not always because I genuinely don’t know how to express something, but rather that my doing so might adversely affect someone else and I, rightly or wrongly, would rather I end up disappointed than someone else. (That sounds like I’m full of myself doesn’t it?)


I am possibly more guilty than many of writing cryptic posts to not fully express myself but to throw out enough of an idea in writing to satisfy my need to say something. People can interpret what I write how they want to interpret it – sometimes they might be right, sometimes not. But the reason for blogging it is that there’s that whole thing that if you write down a worry you make it tangible, and that that makes it easier to deal with. I did that earlier this morning.

But I also write my cryptic posts (and I use that term because of a lack of anything better) to serve as a reminder. The issue was there and at some point I might want to remember how I dealt with it so I learn from it for the future.

I would like the experiences or life changing events I allude to in cryptic posts to happen, but if they can’t, I at least want to know why so I can keep trying in a better way.

Rush out, out from the center.
Not like one side is any better.
Stand up and escape and breach it.
My best theory is already in me.
Rush out, out from the center.
Not like one side is any better.
Stand up as they’ve been preaching.
My best theory is already in me.

My Best Theory by Jimmy Eat World

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