Write everyday

I personally keep a lot of notes and write substantial replies to friends or colleagues, but I shudder every time somebody mentions that I should publish them. I never feel that what I write is good enough, or it's up to par with other writers/journalists I look up to.

But I found this excerpt today from https://medium.com/the-1000-day-mfa/how-to-become-a-writer-9a951fff2c92 

When I first decided that I was going to go all in on being a writer, I’d already wanted to be a writer for twenty years.
Am I willing to write this story, even though it might not sell? Am I willing to accept that what I’ll get from this experience is just that — experience?
You become a writer with habit and learning. Writing every day, learning, and applying what you learn to your work. You become a writer with patience. You become a writer with faith that the work is worth doing — even when you have no real proof.

And these lines resonated with me,

I have been waiting for myself to be ready for years too. 

I wasn’t ready to accept the possible outcome where my writings may not worth anything at all. I fear the rejection. And despite the instinctive triggers to start typing away, the paragraphs end up as unorganized drafts in my backlog. So starting today I’m going to gather what meager courage I have and start sharing my write-ups here. Ultimately I want to feel comfortable with the process of putting my thoughts out there.

A Commitment

Last year I was visiting a local book fair when I found a photographic journal titled 'What Matters' by David Cohen. It showcases pressing issues around the world, like how something as invisible as the battery in our phones (normally Lithium-based) will end up being processed and separated manually by hand by villagers in developing countries. The contamination that the kids have to go through was visibly severe that it's heart wrenching.

But I was conflicted. How does one help when one does not understand the problem enough? What could have helped? Any meaningful interventions seem to be out of reach for any of these complex issues. There's also a chance that they might not address the issue at heart. But I have enough with the paralysis of giving excuses and not doing anything.

So this is a budding commitment I'm setting for myself: I’ll contribute $500 per year to a list of charities audited by GiveWell, starting with issues related to sight impairments and clean water. My gratitude to the folks from effective altruism community back in Oxford for introducing me to this organization. They perform impressive jobs in auditing and providing comprehensive reports of charities to let people understand how contributions are utilized.

Appendix (do check out these causes):

  1. Sightsavers' Deworming Program
  2. Evidence Action's Dispensers for Safe Water program
  3. Other top and outstanding charities.