“I worked for a paper company all these years and never wrote anything down.”
There were plenty of things that pulled a string here and there in my heart as I watched the Finale episode of “The Office”. But this seemingly simple dialogue by Phyllis totally blew my mind and resonated with me at various levels. In an uncharacteristic style it hit home the fact that we all may have some aspects of our life which ironically bring home the point that often we miss to do the most ordinary yet valuable things for umpteen reasons. But never because we lacked the resources or skill or potential to do it.
So how and why does this context resonate with me? Because being a designer/academician for years now I have thought and spoken, spoken and thought, spoken without thinking and thought without speaking. But not so often have I written or penned the beautiful moments, the beautiful connections and the beautiful creations between my thought and speech. How often, Oh how often have I been tempted to pen them down, how often have I marvelled at what I said or thought, how often have I wanted to remember and smile again at the witty folly that has tickled my mind and speech. But how often have I been simply lazy, how often have I just let brilliance slip into oblivion, how often have I missed the magic of the mundane simply because like a blitzkrieg it came, conquered and dissipated all too soon.
Not that I have never written, Good Lord No! I have written essays, reports, documents, feedbacks, researches and a whole lot of other important and critical jargon meditating out of necessity. Being a designer, they were mostly well organized and designed too. They were personal to a large extent, but adhering to the format, context and the audience to an even larger extent. But so would have Phyllis written and printed something on the Dunder Mifflin Paper.
But yet again, the fact is that “she never wrote down”, she never wrote down what and how she felt, she never wrote down what meant important and how it meant important to her, she never wrote down what ignited her emotions. And she never wrote down something that when she read in future would make her heart skip a beat, choke a breath in her throat, bring a smile on her lips and create a soothing warm ripple through her skin.
But Phyllis never said all the above at all! Did I really hear what she left unsaid? Did I really hear what she really meant? Did I really feel what she felt at that moment?
Not really! All the above is a mirror of what I have been feeling lately and what I have been wanting to do. What was said was only what I actually was seeking to hear and what I REALLY wanted to say to myself. So, what I REALLY want to say to myself is that go ahead- write your heart out. Write a line, a thought, a stanza, a poem or a Blog like this one. But just “write it loud”!
Taruna Vasu, Associate Director & HoD, School of Fashion Design, Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)
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