To be noticed, to be seen, to be heard.

How does the world hear us, notice us, see us?

I hope that no one tries to fit him into a mold of what they want for him to be.
I hope that no one tries to fit him into a mold of what they want for him to be.
I hope that being alone doesnt mean that you have to be lonely.
I hope that being alone doesnt mean that you have to be lonely.
I hope one person will always be near to hear what you say.
I hope one person will always be near to hear what you say.
I hope people see that age comes with a story to be told-and that people stop to listen.
I hope people see that age comes with a story to be told-and that people stop to listen.
I hope I can teach her the importance of loving herself.
I hope I can teach her the importance of loving herself.
I hope that even the little guys, know that they have an important role to play.
I hope that even the little guys, know that they have an important role to play.
I hope to leave the world in better shape than when I arrived here.
I hope to leave the world in better shape than when I arrived here.
I hope I can show him how to never give up when things seem impossible.
I hope I can show him how to never give up when things seem impossible.
I hope that my love will always guide her in the right direction
I hope that my love will always guide her in the right direction
Life is a path we all travel-what does your life say about you?
Life is a path we all travel-what does your life say about you?

How do you want to be heard, seen or noticed?

I have had writers block for the last week and a half. I have spent hours staring at a blank word document knowing I need to write, but still I have no clue as to what to write. The more I think about it-the worse it get.

Writing is how I make money and how I contribute to paying the bills around my house so writers block can have a big effect on life, especially when it lasts for more than a day or two. When I get writers block, it isn’t just writing that I have trouble doing, I have trouble cleaning, thinking, completing the tasks that I need to complete each and everyday. I currently have about 10 loads of laundry waiting to be washed, a sink of filled with dishes and no clean silverware left in the drawer. Today I am frustrated and am lost on what to do to snap my mind out of this valley it has taken a trip into.

For the first time in months I flipped on the television and put on a channel other than the Disney Channel, which is all I am ever able to watch with two small children. I attempt to take my mind off of the fact that I am having such a hard time getting a complete sentence onto paper. I flipped through channels and caught a preview to the upcoming season of Oprah. In the preview she says, (and I am paraphrasing not quoting) everyone wants the same thing-no matter how old we are, who we are or where we are. We all want the same thing which is to be noticed, to be heard, and to be seen. We all want to make a difference and for someone to experience something that we say, do, and even write during our lives. We want to make a difference, and we want to matter for something that we stand for or perhaps matter to someone else. We all want the same thing; we want to make a difference to be seen and to be heard.

Although that was about 20-30 seconds worth of a preview to Oprah's final season on air-it made me stop and think about my life and what I want to do with my life. I asked myself, if I died tomorrow would my life matter, and would the time I spent here on earth and as a part of society of made a difference to anyone or any cause? I hope so, but this I do not know.

How do I wish to be heard? I hope that one day I can be heard through the words which I write. I write as a form of self expression as many do which is just a simple way to describe what I do on day to day bases especially when it comes to writing on Hub Pages. I write about my feelings, my experiences and my thoughts. But if I sit back and I really consider what I hope to gain from what I write and what I do in my life, I want to change something about the world that I see as a problem. I want issues within our society to change and become better. I want to be an encouragement to someone who needs to speak up to be heard. I want for my trials and experiences to be of a lesson to someone other than myself. I want people to take responsibility for what harm they do, but for each person to learn to forgive themselves for a past that they can not change, and within that forgiveness find a way to help others with the knowledge that they have gained through their experience.

I do not write with the hopes that I will become amongst the most popular writers on Hub Pages or anywhere for that matter. I do not write because I want pity or attention for what I experience in life. I live my life and I write what I write, because I see a beautiful world beneath the pain that the world feels. I see peace even during war, and I see the sorrow that people feel when they have caused pain to others. I see un-necessary anger and un-needed harm to ones that are undeserving of the pain they are made to feel. I write what I see, I write what I think and I write what I feel because I do not know how to change the world and the pain that people cause and feel.

I wish I could feed every hungry child, I wish I could hug everyone that is lonely and be someone that they can lean on or talk to when they are feeling down. I wish I could take an abuser and make them see that what they do is wrong, and say the magic words that make them change. But I do not know the magic words, so I write to express to the abused that they deserve more than what they are given. I do not know how to tell the world that drug addiction is not so black and white-and to help someone who suffers, you must try to see and understand the many different shades of gray that are involved. I don’t know how to make people see that they are no less nor are they no more than anyone else-they are just unique in their own way and should hold onto their differences to guide others who are less understanding.

Will I change the world? Probably not? Will I help someone during the course of my life? I can not know for sure. Will anyone see me, notice me or hear me? Maybe someday or maybe someone already does- I guess it really doesn’t matter, because I will continue to write and continue to push myself to my limits and expand my boundaries and levels of understanding that I pray will one day, because of others who are a lot like me and want to better the world, the boundaries will be broken and people will live their lives with a little more peace and love and let go of a little greed and self centeredness to see and hear someone other than themselves.

As a person-as a writer, how do you want to be heard and what do you want to say? Do you want to make a difference with what you write or do you write just to write?

 

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I am so happy to hear that a very talented writer such as yourself has dug your way out of the writers black hole of stagnation. I know the feeling, sure I don't write as many hubs as some here but it's simply because it takes me time to arrive at that place of offering up something that I feel would be of interest to my readers. I don't beat myself up over it though for being a little later than sooner.

It may take me a day or two for the motivation or even desire to say something that has entered my brainwave. I feel that all artistic people are usually led to create not forced to.

In other words I consider sitting in front of my laptop at a blank screen "forced" so I don't do that. I much prefer to become inspired, then and only then do I feel creative.

You are an excellent creative writer and I suggest you don't be so hard on yourself, just let it flow. Don't think so much about when or what you are going to write about, let it surface by moving about with your life.

The things that you do day to day may be mundane, however let your imagination flow while your doing these things. That I find is when an idea will come to you about wanting to share it with the world.

Sorry for the rant, I hope this piece you just wrote has brought you out of that dark hole and the rabbit has seen the light:0) and ready to get hopping around this beautiful garden of life. And by the way, whether you think so or not my friend you are making a difference in many fellow hubbers lives. peace and hugs


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worldgrandeur 6 years ago from The Moon

I most certainly know the feeling of the writer-block but you came with this nice article which is really an achivement... Hope this ensure paying the bills :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Writer's block is awful, I worked through it about a month ago and saw the same things you did--it was tough to take care of other responsibilities when I struggled to write. You found inspiration from television, and hopefully the words will continue to flow.

HC, your goals are beautiful and you have articulated them with such eloquence. I am convinced you will find the appropriate venue for your voice to be heard--you have so much to say. You have been noticed here, evinced by your beautiful hub about missing children that was seen by the father of one of the missing kids. Your voice in the forums is always one of reason and compassion. I hope you don't discount your ability to change the world--there's no reason you couldn't.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us once more. May you always find the words to do so.

Mike


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Saddlerider,

Thank you so very much for that comment- you made me tear up- I needed to hear that last part :)

Writers Block is tough-specially when you must find the words to write what you need to write in order to make money. You are 100% correct-staring at my computer screen is probably the last thing I need to do when it occurs- good thing is, typically once I get something written-the rest follows with more ease. Thanks again for reading and leaving a comment, I truly appreciate it :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

worldgrandeur,

Thanks for reading and for commenting. Yes this one got the wheels in my head turning once again-and enabled my fingers to find the keyboard once more :)

By the way---LOVE THE AVATAR!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mike, as always-your comment means alot to me. I hope you are correct, but I am not too sure I know how to be heard, but I am working on it, silently from my computer :) Thanks so much for your continued support :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Oh H.C., I'm so sorry you're suffering from the dreaded "WB!" It is insidious but it seems you made a breakthrough with this very hub. You are extremely talented and have a unique voice that should be heard.

PS: Your kids are GORGEOUS!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

This was a truly great hub. You ARE making a difference in your writing, Ms. Porter, I'm sure of it. You might not know what kind of difference you're making, or to whom, but it's still very much worth the time and effort you put into it for the people (like me, who've read this great hub and can identify with every word of it) to savor and think about.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

It is a hub like this, that reading, gives hope to others and for that, I thank you. My struggle is not as much with ideas to write about but the articulation needed to convey what I am trying to say. One never knows when or where inspiration may appear.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

lorlie6,

thanks you so much ma'am for commenting on this hub and for your kind encouragement- it means so much to me :)

Also, thanks for the compliment on my kiddo's, I like to think they are beautiful as well :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7,

Thanks for your compliment, and I am glad that you think so. ( I hope that you have told yourself this advice-because it is true in regards to your writing as well ). I guess we all have the power to mean something inspirational through the words that we write- we just need to believe it. :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Joni,

I have the same problem at times- I get these fantastic ideas for hubs that I would love to write about a variety subjects---but I stumble to get the correct words in the most meaningful order to relay what it is I want to express in the writing. (it can be more frustrating than total writers block).

Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub-your feedback means a great deal to me :)


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

This was so beautifully written - you expressed yourself so well. Writing for me is an outlet to share my feelings, thoughts and emotions as it is hard for me to express those things in any other way. I write about my pain and struggles because I want to reach out to someone who is going through or has gone through the same thing. The gift of writing comes from God and I want to use my gift to help fulfill the purpose He has put me here for.


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Bloget 6 years ago from Minnesota

Looks like your writers block just got un-blocked! I love this Hub! I am having a hard time expressing some of my life's experiences that have impacted so many lives around me. I want to share my experiences to help others not make the same mistake or at least how to avoid those mistakes. Your hub made me think... i like!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Cari Jean,

Thank you ma'am-for the comment and for sharing. I think many of us (at least I do) have a hard time expressing ourselves-so we have turned to writing as a very nessissary outlet. You are a wonderful writer and I think your gift is being used well. I have no doubt that you will fulfill your purpose. Thanks again for taking the time to read and to comment :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Bloget-

Thanks! I am so glad that you liked this hub. I am also glad that you found your way to Hub Pages and are able to express yourself here. I found Hub Pages at the perfect time in my life-and I needed it more than I knew. I had gotten caught up in life and had forgotten what was important to me/ who I was and what I wanted. Through writing here- I was able to get back in touch with who I am (the real me). Within that, I was able to release years of confusion, sadness, anger, guilt, and pain-and see my hopes and dreams as well as the world again. Telling my story and sharing my thoughts-made me realize, I am not the only person in this world who has gone through hard times, and because I have been able to survive some very bad/ dark days-perhaps my voice and story can give someone else a light at the end of their tunnel...Perhaps :)

I am sure that you sharing your story will help so many more than you will ever realize.


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Well done getting yourself through that. It is interesting to me that sometimes in life we have such a positive influence on just one person that the one person goes on to influence many. And what a loss to the world it would be if we failed to influence that one person. Great hub and you have gorgeous children!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

raisingme,

That is such a wonderful way of thinking about life and influence. It is such a domino effect that we should all think about when considering who we are and what our lives mean to others, either directly or indirectly. Thanks for your comment and for reading this hub :)


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I feel you H.C. I've been suffering from writers block for some time now as well. I do love however, how you have the ability to turn it around and compose a meaningful written piece such as this. You are truly talented and I feel have the great ability to touch so many in a such a positive way. You raised two great questions to mull over.... "As a person-as a writer, how do you want to be heard and what do you want to say? Do you want to make a difference with what you write or do you write just to write?"


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Hello Ms Veronica, I have not seen you around much-I suppose the writers block may have something to do with that. Thanks for your kind words and compliment. Your feedback means a lot to me :)


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agaglia 6 years ago

Well, It is good for me to hear that good writers such as yourself have writer's block, too. Here I am sitting frustrated because I can't get the time to write, with my day job and night school and family tasks, it's almost too much to get anything on paper - or computer. Keep at it.And how do you make a living at it?


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

adaglia,

I am amongst the many who have gotten the dreaded writers block and have experienced the frustration of not having enough time to actually sit and write a single thought all the way out---it is tragic. I hope you are able to find some time to express your heart and mind-if you are like me it helps organize my mind and calm my frustrations. To answer your question- I get paid to write---Yes, I work for a website design and development company and write content for websites- I have 3 columns I write online- as well as do other bits and pieces of random copywriters works like-ghost writing-blogs- reviews- edits- press releases- speeches- contracts and advertisements :) i am a busy girl who loves the written word :)

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