Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose by Tanner Christensen

“Self-censorship is not just self-betrayal and self-abandonment (which would be bad enough), but soul-betrayal and betrayal of our Muse, our inner voice, our highest self.”

Too often we censor ourselves, our actions, and our work in hope or fear of what might happen if we otherwise don’t. What words would you write today, and what actions would you take, if you had nothing to fear, nothing to lose?


The prompt asks what words would I write and what  actions would I take if I had nothing to fear and nothing to lose.  I write and say what I want.  The difference is that I have to remember who my audience is and act accordingly.  I agree (to an extent) that we have the right to speak and act as we want.  I am not into doing or saying things for shock value.  I believe that is what many people do these days.  It is information overload and sometimes that needs to be monitored.  This is where one of my favorite quotes comes to mind – “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!”

Professionally, I have to censor myself.  I work with children.  There’s no need for me to run around with a potty mouth, discuss adult subject matter, or do anything deemed inappropriate for children while in their presence.  I also wouldn’t do that in any other professional setting.  I’d like to think that I have a sense of decorum.

As a writer, I am free to write what I want.  There are some subjects that  I may censor because I want to, not out of fear.  Sometimes I feel as though a few of my thoughts are just that, my thoughts, and should probably stay in my crazy little head.  They are not for public consumption.  Some things are not up for discussion.  They may be hardcore beliefs that I have and no one, not even my friends, can change my view.  What good would it do to open those cans of worms?

I believe this is why I have certain sets of friends.  I tend to keep my business and pleasure separated.  I’m not sure if I would call it self-censorship, but there are things that I would never share with co-workers or other people who I have professional ties with.  My inner circle of friends, however, get me raw and uncut.

It all comes down to choice.  I choose what I say and do according to my values.  If I am offended by something or someone, I have a choice there too.  I can either let them know or I can choose to remove that person from any further communication with me.  The idea of saying or doing something and having nothing to lose is foreign to me.  I may not lose my job, money, or family but I could lose my dignity.  Nothing is worth that.


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