So, first of all. I realize it has been a very long time since I last wrote a piece on my own blog. There are several reasons for this. First, I’ve been struggling through some issues in my life dealing with anxiety and depression and just the all around manic pace at which my life happens. Seconds, I’ve begun doing some freelance writing for other blogs. It’s been super challenging but fun and interesting at the same time. Last, I’ve actually been doing something that has been exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. I’ve been working on self-publishing my own book.
I can proudly say that as of about a week ago. My book is live on Amazon.com to purchase. Shameless plug, you can get it for 9.99. Head to Amazon.com and either search for my name, Erik Steidl, or for the book, The First Ostrich to Fly. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might have read a poem I wrote a while ago called What is No One Ever Told the Ostrich. If you want to go back to read the poem again, the link is here . The book that I wrote is based on that poem.
So, you might wonder how publishing a book can be terrifying. I mean, all in all it’s kind of simple. You write it, edit it, add illustrations (if it is a picture book), and upload it to Amazon. Then people can buy it. However, it truly is terrifying for someone like me. Publishing a book is putting yourself out there. A lot of emotion and feeling goes into a book and by publishing it, you’re exposing those emotions and feelings to the world. For an introverted person, that is a very daunting thing to do.
However, I want this post to be an encouragement to you out there if you are like me and you like to keep things close to the vest and safe. If you have something, an idea, a book, a poem, etc. in your head that you feel would benefit people, then put it out there. You have a voice and you’ve been given that voice for a reason. Someone out there needs to hear what you have to say.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and books by an author named Rob Bell recently. He is a Christian author and one of the things that he says a lot is that “God is constantly looking for people to join Him in the ongoing creation of the world.” That is something that I have taken to heart. Bell talks about how the world is still being created, that we have an opportunity to help shape this ever evolving world into how we want it to look and feel. We all have voices and we all have passions. If you see something in the world that you think needs changing, voice that. If you just want to add positivity into the world, do it!
Like I said, I realize that this can be frightening. For me, it was terrifying. I constantly second guessed myself as I went through the process of self-publishing. Thoughts kept jumping into my head telling me that my book was stupid, that I was dumb for thinking that it was actually something people would want to read. However, after about a week of having my book out there, the response has been so positive. The number of people who have reached out to me telling me how much they loved the book has been truly overwhelming. I think that the same will be true for you as well. People need to hear what you have to say. Your words, thoughts, and voice have worth and value. You have a voice. Use it.