The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Take a look at your limitations.

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” I saw this quote on Instagram the other day, written on a bathroom stall. This quote isn’t new to me, or anyone for that manner because Richard Bach is as old as Gandalf. But I always had trouble figuring out what this quote actually meant, and it actually occurred to me for the very first time that it’s not only surrounding the existence of your limitations, but rather fighting against them. It’s good to recognize that they exist, but it’s even more important To discover your own and to work around them so you don’t sell your sell yourself short. Never argue against your own abilities, and don’t reject yourself from something that’s attainable with an amount of effort.

Don’t get me wrong, limitations are indeed important. They,re not an oddity. We all have them. They’re perfectly natural, whether it’s physical or mental. Others are painted on us by society, friends, and family. If you weren’t blessed with these limitations, what kind of person would you be? What would you do with your life?

All of these limitations can be tampered with and compensated. There are always loopholes to work with your limitations. But if you keep telling yourself these bold lies, you’ll start to believe them. Do yourself a favor and list out all the reasons why you can’t do something; why you find that thing to be impossible. Now think less of them as reasons and more of challenges. Find a way to overcome those excuses because that’s what they are, right?

I find it to be the same for writing. If you create rules on what you think isn’t allowed for a prompt, than you’ll never let your honest thoughts run free. There is no limitations in writing. Don’t limit your ideas. Nothing you write could ever be considered wrong, just work in progress, and isn’t that limitations are? Limitations are just hollow threats that we choose to believe. Everything you can’t do can ultimately be circumscribed.

If you never try, you’ll never know. And throughout school, writing for my least favorite subject. I couldn’t write a decent story worthy of even a 1st grade children’s book. I don’t know why, but when I was figuring my schedule before senior year, I decided to take creative writing. I didn’t know then, but I would eventually find an interest and talent for writing. And it was the showing of my first spoken word poetry video that I came to break the chains of my limitations that though I had in writing.

Maybe you should try a little harder look a little deeper at your limitations instead of letting them consume you. Will you you argue for or against your limitations?

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This entry was posted on August 8, 2013 by in COMMENTARY and tagged , , , , , .

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