So, yes. Words. What can I say? I love them. (Queue is my favourite word, because it's so ridiculous. Why the extra "ue?" Plus, it's both a word and a letter, a noun and a verb. So versatile.)
Both on their own and grouped with others, I think words are just the greatest invention. We may take them for granted now and then, and misuse them on occasion, but just imagine where we'd be without them. I'm pretty sure that the world would come to a grinding halt. Which is pretty powerful stuff, I'd say.
Words allow us to communicate all of our basic human emotions. Words give meaning to our lives. They educate and inspire, motivate and redeem. Words convey our thoughts and allow us to connect with other people. They are essential to human interaction.
Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and I say that I'm a writer, the next question is usually, "what do you write?" I'm always tempted to say, "sentences," because I don't want to be pigeonholed. I believe that once you know how to craft a proper sentence, you can write just about anything.
I love to work with words. Whether I am writing, editing or proofreading, I am in my element. I love to play with words, too. Reading fiction, doing a crossword puzzle, playing Scrabble. It's all good to me.
And what I especially love is helping other people find the words they need to say. It is always gratifying to be able to use my skills and talents to help someone communicate their truth. Language just doesn't come easily to some people, but for whatever reason, it does to me, so I'm always happy to share my luck with others. (Keep watch on this site for some grammar and writing tips. I've got some great ones up my sleeve.)
I have recently been working through a business e-course with an online community (more about that in a future post.) Some of the exercises are designed to help you pinpoint just what it is you want to do with your life - what makes your heart sing and your pulse race. I did put interests other than reading and writing on my lists, but I realized that's all they are - interests. Reading and writing are essential components of who I am as a person. They are built into my DNA.
And so it is. I read and write, therefore I am - a word nerd, through and through.
P.S. Are you a word nerd, too? Or maybe you think you might need to hire one? Comment on this post, drop me a line here on the site, send me an email, or come say hi on Twitter.