How grateful are you to be able to read and write?
This blog post and YouTube vlog from Chrissy Faery really made me stop and think. I’d encourage you to watch the 3 minute video through but the part that made me write this post on gratitude is at 2.11.
It’s true, I think, that we take being literate for granted, particularly in the modern developed world. Yes it’s true that education is free in the UK (indeed, a legal requirement), so why wouldn’t the majority be literate?
To be able to communicate with and by the written word, to understand and be understood, to learn and be learned, to debate with and overall to enjoy the written word, is an amazing thing to be able to do.
Being able to physically write is a gift in my opinion. Of course, reading and writing are a complimentary skillset. As someone who loves to read as much as possible and to write snailmail via postcircle, to write blog posts including poetry and flash fiction, to write ebooks – to not be able to write just wouldn’t feel like ‘me’.
Of course, if I had always been illiterate, I would never know any different, but I’ve often said that I love to get in the flow of writing and (it’s blow my own trumpet time), I believe that I’ve got the knack in some genres. Well, you’ve got to believe in yourself, haven’t you?!
This vlog has brought it home to me that I need to continue to embrace my love of writing, my love of being creative, my love of the written word.
My #NextBigThing will be, well the Next Big Thing.
My blog will continue to be an outlet of creativity and the written word.
My gratitude has been reignited (did it ever leave? Maybe I had begun to take things for granted…)
Let’s embrace literacy!
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