Has anyone considered writing as a life skill? Has anyone seen that writing can provide us a first step toward solving a problem?
Not the writing of the Reading-Writing-aRithmetic kind, the one required of us to learn when we were in school. But writing writing. The one that gives us the space to express, say what we want, send the message we want, greet, ask, request, command, direct, inform, and many more. All these can be seen in many forms–letters, memos, banners, posters, Facebook status, blogs, etc.
Letter-writing is the nearest to a life skill. Whether handwritten, emailed, or typed in Word and printed with desk jet, letters can provide us a first step toward problem-solving.
Here are some simple situations that make writing a life skill:
1. Writing your landlord that you want to discontinue renting his apartment because security is an issue.
2. Writing to apply for a college scholarship, or to enroll to take up masters, or to apply for a job.
3. Writing to ask for condonation of an interest on a loan.
4. Writing to make amends with a friend who lives in a distant place.
5. Writing a love letter.
There is a great deal of life situations that need us to write. And that is probably the reason why we were taught composition in school–in Filipino or in English–in the first place. And that is probably the reason why not being able to write a decent paragraph when you are a high school or a college graduate is a dismay to the job interviewee or to a boss.
And why not? The person that you are can be seen from the words you put out, whether written or said.
Writing as a life skill does not mean one should become an expert at it but be able to do it like bathing or cooking or doing the laundry or managing money.
Writing is as essential as talking, the written word as important as the spoken word.
Writing as a step to solving a problem therefore is a life skill.