All throughout my life, I have always felt a strong connection to words. Even though I love speaking, hearing what people have to say is what has kept me going. Whether that is through reading books, listening to speeches, journaling & connecting with myself or any other form or expression through words, they have always been extremely special to me. Language has been something that I think of as a vital bonding experience for as long as I can remember. Recently, while submitting something very important to me, I came up with the idea of starting a series called "What Do Words Mean To You?". About once every two weeks or so, I will be curating posts and occasionally videos where people respond to the question of what words mean to them, and where they find their favorite type of words. This simple yet complex question brings about so many meaningful conversations, and really inspired me once I started asking people it. There is nothing I would rather do than show others the power our voices have, and I hope this series does exactly that. Here is the first installment of "What Do Words Mean To You?". Enjoy. Whitney
Books because they can take you away from reality. Words to me are the meaning of life. Humans are the only animals who have the ability to communicate language to find themselves and help others. Language is simply magical. Words are the source of all human life.
Words mean a lot to me, they are very powerful. They honestly do have an impact on mostly everything. My favorite kind of words are lyrics. Lyrics can be so magical and make people feel things they never thought they could feel. Music has impacted so many lives including mine.
I like poems because there's so many different ways to interpret meanings and poems especially are so so beautiful! There are so many secrets to like you can find out after reading about someone's experiences and the wisdom that comes out of it. Above all, I love the feeling of understanding the significance behind the words and finding new ways to see the world.
Books because through them authors are able to articulate exactly what they're feeling or going through and put it out there for others to relate to and find comfort in. Words in this context have the ability to save lives, give others hope, and allow people to escape into a reality that is not their own but either similar, or the complete opposite, so that one can forget theit own life for a while. Not only that, but it gives different perspectives to situations one might be going through themselves. Words are such a powerful force that have the capability to impact people more than anything else, especially (for me) in books.
To me words mean everything. Words have the power to bring you to places you've never been, and put you in shoes you've never walked in. Words can be used to love or to hurt or to humiliate or to inspire and there is something to be said about that. Words let people's thoughts fly free and minds wander far away. Words hold a certain power that no other form of expression can match.
To me, words are extremely powerful. Without them, nobody would be capable of expressing how they feel. In some cases, that is good because words can break someone. In other cases, that is bad because expressing love or passion about something is truly beautiful. Personally, even the slightest compliment can completely change my day around. I love that with words we can discover the best of someone while also being able to discover the worst. Words make the world so much more incredible.
Probably the worst line ever told to children growing up is, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." It is so incredibly false. Words hold such a strong and lasting impact on people, whether they're words of praise, words of sorrow, words of anger or words of hope. The words we use, or even don't use, will leave an indelible mark on the people we communicate with whether we realize it or not. Lyrics can express the words we could never put together ourselves through song, scribbling away in a journal can let our thoughts and beliefs bleed into pages, in hopes that the permanence of the pen will somehow help validate what we think, and venting to a friend in confidence can help us see the face to face effects of our words on others. The inflections, accents, underlines and italics let us emphasize and highlight what matters to us, what we want others to understand, and what we stress as important. Our words have meaning, we're accountable for what we say, and once you say something, you can't take it back. It's always going to dangle and float in sound waves and on crumpled pages. Maybe once we realize the power of a simple word, more people will think before they speak.
If you would like to submit to the next part of the series, please send me your response in the inbox section of the blog or contact me through any of my social medias (which can be found under about). Thank you so much for your beautiful words.
With love and light,