Discovering the Relevance of Words
Sometimes we bite our tongues because we know the words we would say could change everything.
Everyone has a lot of unused words. They are the ones that get stuck deep inside your brain. They typically cause you anxiety – either good or bad. They make you ache. They eat away at you, and keep you up all night. There are times when I can’t sleep, because words might eat me. They burrow in my brain, until my head feels like Swiss cheese. A few years ago, I tattooed “Rule #13” on the inside of my left wrist; it’s a reminder to “omit needless words.” I enjoy the Strunk and White rule, and it’s a nice way to not-over-speak at times. That being said, those words are still there. My conversations may at times be more concise, but those words don’t just disappear. I don’t do well without closure – or at least a strong metaphorical period or exclamation point.
My “notes” function on my phone is filled with unused words – drunk on them, in fact. They eventually get used – or at least modified – into songs, or poems, or stories, or something that will at least ease the hangover. Then they don’t all go unused. Then I feel a tad bit better.
So, what do you do with your unused words?