Logophile

I never thought I’d start a blog, but I recently have been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful people that encouraged me to put my words out into the world.

This is sort of my introduction to you and to writing my own blog, but not your typical intro.

We are all so much more than a grocery list filled with bullet points. So, I will do my best to tell you as much about who I am and why this blog exists.

I am a student.
Both in school and in life. Knowledge is one of the most powerful things this life has to offer. I am the kind of person that Googles everything. Seriously, everything.

Maybe it’s useless and irrelevant, but I’d rather just know the answer to something than continue to wonder. Maybe it’s in my nature as a writer, maybe it’s my child-like curiosity. This brings me to my next point.

I am a writer.
Writing has always come easy to me. I believe writers are some of the most important and underappreciated professionals. (I am biased, what can I say?)

You might say you hate to read, that you haven’t read a novel since high school or even grade school. I am here to tell you, you are wrong.

Writers don’t just write fictional stories. They write history and movies and everything in between. There are creative writers, technical writers, medical writers, songwriters, copywriters, journalists, social media writers, script writers, scholarly writers– I could go on.

Everything you love, you are able to love it because someone had an idea and wrote it down.

I am a lover of all words.
I recently discovered the word “logophile.” Merriam-Webster defines it as “a lover of words.” I have been reading and writing for as long as I can remember.

At my core, I have always been a logophile. Words have always had the power to transform things no matter what season of life I am in.

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

Albus Dumbledore, JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

What I love more about that quote is the rest of it, the part most people seem to leave out.

“Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”

Words, both written and spoken, can really hurt. It’s why bullying has such fatal effects, why verbal abuse can be as traumatizing as physical abuse, why friendships and relationships crumble, why we all can remember that one mean thing that one person said to us no matter how long ago it was.

But words can also make the world a better place, heal, and create lasting human connections. It’s why lyrics and prayers and handwritten notes are sweet spots for humans. For many people, including myself, words of affirmation are a love language. And rightfully so.

I am still figuring it out.
This is a big one. I’ve changed and grown so much over the short 21 years I’ve been alive. I used to be afraid of change before I realized change is the only constant we have. There is so much I don’t know about life and myself, but I’m excited to grow.

I’d like to think that by putting my words out into the universe, I will be able to spread joy, figure things out, and take you all on my journey. Maybe even help you with yours.

Above all, I know I have a story to tell. I’m just not sure what it is yet.

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