“Courage, Merry. Courage for our friends.”

Starting is the hard part. 

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Setting a pen to paper, hands to a keyboard: a moment of infinite possibilities surging through your brain and halting just shy of your fingertips as they coalesce into the here and now — things are changing now, my love, and they won’t stop for anything. Words change things, see. How we look at the world. How we think about the world. How we analyze our own lives. The pen definitely remains mightier than the sword.

That’s what makes it so frightening.

Realizing that your hands hold a tool with more sway than a nuclear weapon is decidedly not for the faint of heart. The oblivious, maybe; the ignorant, perhaps. The truth of the matter is that we should all be shocked anyone in the course of human history has written anything. We’re either sublimely courageous, incredibly stupid, or, and perhaps this is the most accurate, a bunch of foolhardy folk who are full enough of ourselves to consider what we have to say worth considering.

Perhaps what’s even scarier is that sometimes? Sometimes, we’re right.

*title quote taken from the character Eowyn in the film The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King

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