Aside from Hunt’s argument that writing is a great way to pass time on an airplane—I get motion sick on airplanes and take anti-nausea medication that puts me to sleep– she makes many claims that I completely agree with, but have not given too much thought to when I think about writing. Writing really is a magical process that allows us to engage with our own thoughts, organize our ideas, and really make decisions about what we are thinking and feeling.
Writing is unbelievably thought provoking. As a writer, I consider turning all of my thoughts into pieces of writing, and every time I come across something interesting, I imagine what it would be like to write about it. For example: Why do I think pushing the elevator button twice will make it come faster? Or, when people ask “how are you?” when they pass by me in the Diag, do they actually want to know how I am doing, or has it just become another way of saying “hello?” As a writer, I am inspired to work out my thoughts on paper.
Writing truly is the best pastime, and sometimes, it is difficult to distinguish writing from a chore, since so much of my writing has been for classes in which I am told exactly what to write about and when to write about it. In this course, I hope to write more, and to write whenever I want about whatever I want, without confusing it with an assignment. I hope to really show people what I am thinking, dive deeper into my own thoughts, and maybe I will even conclude what “how are you?” really means these days.