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How do You Write Like You’re Running Out of Time?

How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?

I started this blog with a simple goal: to write more. It’s been years since my last English class, and the only reason I have to write now is for school. Even then, most classes only grade the content, not the essay itself.

Anyway, I’ve recently started listening to Hamilton the musical, and one phrase that keeps repeating is, “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” Throughout the musical, Hamilton is constantly writing. It’s said that he will get up in the middle of the night to write, and when he puts pen (or I guess quill?) to paper, he changes the world.

This is something that I’ve been struggling with. I want to write more because it’s so important. If there is one thing Dead Poets Society taught me, it’s don’t let anyone tell you that words and ideas can’t change the world, because they’re the only things that ever have. Communicating your ideas and thought effectively without speaking directly to someone is an incredible skill to have, and it’s a skill I really need to work on.

I’m always that person to tell a story or share an idea and end the sentence with either “Ya feel?” , “If that makes any sense…” or “I don’t know.” It took me about a week to write this post simply because I couldn’t figure out what I was trying to say. As Keating (yes, I’m stuck on Dead Poets Society) said: “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! Now is the time!”

This movie is actually one of the reasons I decided to be an English teacher. I realize it is not a realistic representation of what goes on in the classroom, and there were plenty of mundane days, but the overall message of the importance of English in schools is what spoke to me. Children have so much to say, and I want everyone to find their voice and break out. I want to be a role model to these kids, and that’s why I need to write like I’m running out of time.

In the end, the powerful play of life goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?


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