People think I just sit down and essays happen. I have this beautiful affliction where words, ideas and thoughts visit me unannounced and demand that I stop whatever I’m doing to attend to them. My door is never knocked to see if I’m home and I am never asked for my opinion for a better time to visit...
I really enjoy reading your writing. You have such a great way with words and really is a delight to read. To me you are writer 😊, keep writing, it is inspiring
I enjoy your writing style Tobi. Looking forward to reading more of your work and following your journey.
Yes yes YESS!!! This is amazing tobi. Connected with what you described on so many different levels. This line reallllly resonates with my experience lately: “I have this beautiful affliction where words, ideas and thoughts visit me unannounced and demand that I stop whatever I’m doing to attend to them.” Since I’m just starting to write more regularly and publicly, I lose sight of the fact that the struggles I’m experiencing may just be a natural part of the writing experience and not because there’s something wrong with me. Thank you for sharing your experience and helping me see I’m not alone. So comforting 🙏
Thank you for writing this, Tobi. I can relate to so much of what you've written here, from our schooling, to that one probing question (i get it more for being a musician than a writer, as people are now accepting writing more as a career path than music). May the universe guide you with every word that you write and let you shine over the entire Substack readership and beyond. You have a wonderful way with words!
Thank you for this. I’m also planning to take a break to pursue the pathless path- building a career built of joy rather than what looks good aka the corporate. Reading your work is so inspirational and helps me not feel alone in this journey. I’m also a writer, and I feel like you captured the feeling of the challenges and joys of a writer perfectly. Not sure if you’ve read big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, but your essay reminds me of her book. Looking forward to reading more of your writing!
You are (also) a writer. Among other things. Whatever that means in terms of respective expectations. And I’m happy to be with you on this path. I wish you energy and success.
Tobi! You're story is inspiring and I had so much fun reading your writing. The questions you pose to yourself in writing have me wanting to highlight them all to spend time answering myself. Add me to the list of pathless path folks untangled from the golden handcuff arena hoping you continue to share.
Thanks Tobi!! Appreciate the heartful response. I'm super inspired by Daniel's Small Bets stuff, so my plan is to launch some small bets (including a coaching biz), travel, and spend more time on creative writing. I'm trying to balance having some structure but also not, since I'm someone who needs some sort of structure to not totally freak out hah. Any upcoming travel plans for ya? Also, if you're interested, would love to chat more about your journey in a 1:1! But also totally understand if you're busy.