I Fall in Love with Writers from Medium

No one is safe from me.

I can’t choose who I fall in love with. (Photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash)

Jessica Wildfire, Shannon Ashley, Zach J. Payne, Iva Ursano, Agnes Louis, Kamga Tchassa, Zulie Rane, Zat Rana, Deborah Christensen, Caitlin Dragon 🐲, umair haque, Vanessa Torre, Stefani Vader, LeNora Faye, Nicolas Cole, Luke Rowley, John Dietrich, Ayodeji Awosika, Jeff Goins, Tom Belskie, Emily Kate.

What do all these writers have in common?

They’ve all written something so breathtaking that I remember them off the top of my head. There are many more, but I gave myself 5 minutes to list everyone who has made an impact on me recently, and this is what I came up with.

What they’ve done, in essence, is woo me like a lover with only the power of their words. When I read, I feel like I am in their heads. I feel a connection so deep that I can’t stop thinking about the writer throughout the day.

What they have done is make me fall in love with them.

I’m not talking about some weird sexual thing. It’s has nothing to do with their appearance. It has to do with how they made me feel for a short time.

How often do you feel a connection so deep that you think about someone for days? When someone makes an impression on you, do you spend the next few hours reading everything else they’ve ever written?

I do.

Love and stuff

When I was a much younger man, I would fall in love rather easily. My feelings were up and down like a yo-yo, and I never knew who my heart would want next. I guess you could say I was fickle because I was constantly chasing after the next pretty face.

As I got older, I slowed down, but I still found myself getting attached easily.

Recently, I haven’t done it at all with one exception: I fell in love at first sight with my wife, Flora. I literally saw her smiling in a picture and knew that I had to be with her. Thankfully, she happened to be the best person for me, because it could have turned out very bad.

Then along comes Medium…

I’ve always loved writers. Anyone who can make me feel something so keenly with only words has my heart. I love intelligence. If it was a sexual thing, I guess I would be a sapiosexual. But, it’s never about that. It is all about the emotions I feel when I read something that is perfectly written.

Reading is magic! (Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash)

I spend at least 3 hours a day reading. If I have to stay up past my bedtime to get my reading done, I do it. Most of my reading time is spent on Medium. I do it because I believe that a writer should keep their brains primed all the time, and reading does that for me.

At least once a day, I am so mesmerized by something I read that I can’t stop thinking about it. It doesn’t help that I’m an overthinker. I become obsessed with another writer at least once a day.

Imagine living with that?

But, unlike some of my other obsessive thoughts, I welcome the feelings I get after someone delights me with their work. I welcome the feelings as the emotions flood into me. This is awesome because, for most of my life, emotions were either repressed or medicated away.

I love the feelings that flow through me.

Now, you can probably guess why I fall in love with writers so easily? If I know that someone can make me feel blissful emotions, I will keep going back to read time after time. If you notice me showing up in your notifications, it’s probably because I am in love with you or your writing.

Now, there is nothing you need to be doing. I’m not going to stalk you. All I ask is that you keep writing pieces that make me feel like you are writing to an audience of one.

ME!

I’m just guessing, but I think there are a lot of you who feel as I do. Maybe you wouldn’t be so bold as to call it love, but I know that you guys get infatuated with others in the writing community here on Medium. With all the great writing that gets published here every day, it has to be impossible not to fall in love daily.

Be honest. How many of you feel the way I do?

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Jason Weiland

Jason Weiland

Personal essays with a good dose of blogging expertise thrown in— jasonjamesweiland@gmail.com