Csikszentmihalyi certainly has a point. And while I was listening to his TED talk, I was thinking why is it that I blog. I've been blogging for awhile now. And I've discovered that with few interruptions (I changed platform a few years ago, but I'm back on blogger) that I have never stopped sharing (oversharing sometimes) my thoughts in the land of the ones and zeroes.
And I usually do it just because. And I have encouraged others to do it, too. So why do I blog? I think I blog because I like it. It's as simple as that. But maybe I also blog because I get my flow going when I'm doing it. Because blogging is an activity that I find fun just for the sake of doing it.
But I guess it's also the creative aspect of it. I've noticed that even though some posts require a little more work than others, they all get my juices going because they make me curious. They make me curious about the world around me and about myself. They make me explore and they make me search. These posts certainly get me in the Zone.
I have also discovered that blogging makes me happy. It seems such a little thing, don't you think? Just writing words that will go up in this ether and float around. I don't know if someone will read them (I think you will, though), and I guess the goal is just to write them. Is it catharsis? Is it self-fulfillment? Is it a hobby?
It may be all three. I get some things out of my system, and that's always a good thing. Putting your thoughts on paper (or on the screen) certainly serve as a conduit to analyze them and to get them out of your system, in some instances. I also write to talk about the 'what if' that sometimes don't get an answer. And I can certainly say blogging becomes an exercise in picking my own mind while everything else is a blur. It's like taking care of my Tillandsia. When I do it, it makes me focus and it certainly brings me a kind of satisfaction. Whether because it makes me see something under a different light or because it makes me feel good. All I know is that I enjoy doing it. And I think I will keep doing it just for the sake of it. Because I also believe that we have the obligation to do things that make us happy. We owe it to ourselves.