Writing has always been and will always be a passion of mine, and it is a creative endeavour that I partake in daily as it is an inherent part of who I am and what I am here to do. That said, my own journey with writing has been an interesting one – and one in which I have, to be honest, digressed on many occasions.
As I look back at this journey and discover why I felt so at odds at times with my writing career what comes up most is labels. Yes, you know those labels that say you’re this, you’re that. It all started when I declared as young as four-years-old “I want to be a journalist”, most likely with BBC News on the TV in the background as was quite common in my family home back then. I am by no means knocking my background in journalism, but what I am saying is that by the very act of labelling myself a “journalist”, it closed just as many doors as it opened doors.
My focus then became not so much about wanting to write but about being a “journalist”. So being a journalist meant I had to work in the media industry, I had to be prepared to work shifts at ungoddessly hours, I had to be a member of a union and get a press card, and all the other chaotic malarkey that went along with it.
There were preconceived notions, beliefs, conditions, labels, you name it based on that simple choice. Dare I say it, such limiting labels made me no different to the old school journos that I worked in newsrooms with, whom with their pomp and ceremony dissed the multimedia possibilities and potential of web writing and remained on print journalism like a rash, unwilling to be open and change with the times.
Fortunately, I did pursue the multimedia route and as I delved further into web writing and producing, it expanded my horizons. Today as I start to be more consciously aware of my writing path, I’m having to destroy those labels that I created for myself. As I do this, my view is starting to change from a mere pin-hole to a panoramic view, so to speak, full of infinite possibilities that are available to me as a writer and as a freelancer, and they’re not just relegated to the media industry either.
Ditching the “journalist” label means I can effectively write whatever I please – whether it’s penning lyrics to my own tune, writing a strapline for a client’s business, editing blog posts, or writing that book – there’s so much I can do walking that path.
This is where I look to musicians as an inspiration. Ask a musician what they do and chances are they tell you “I make music”. Not that long ago, had someone asked me what I do, I would have said: “I’m a journalist”. That tune’s since changed and with the awareness of limiting labels, I now say “I write”. I use the reference of musicians because quite frankly, every musician whose music I’ve truly connected with have walked the path of their inner truth. They don’t label their music, they certainly don’t do things how everyone else does, and they just keep doing what they are good at regardless of what’s going on in the physical world – because quite frankly, they never let go of their spiritual side to go play tunes with “the devil and his minions”, so to speak. They always have an awareness of their physical, spiritual and magickal DNA which quite frankly, can never be separated.
If something is your calling in life and you have been going about it in a certain way and it’s not been working the way you want it to, stop and take a look to see if you’ve picked up a few labels along the way. Labels are like roadblocks, so if you want to move forward in your career or any other area of your life, be prepared to pick up that spiritual sledgehammer so you can destroy the “roadblocks”. Once you do, your path becomes visible again, and the steps to get where you want to be become effortless and a pleasure, exactly how your intuition intended it.
Rosalind Medea is an Intuitive Reader, who does intuitive readings, tarot readings, spiritual life coaching, and Twin Flame/Twin Soul guidance. Personal tarot readings with Rosalind are now available via Patreon.