I feel like writing is essential to personal growth and development. To write, express language, it's needed in life to progress. Reading is good for letting the mind learn, but to really grow.. I feel that you need to use the words your brain stores in it's endless maze of connections and memories. Get them out in any way you can.. Write, sing, draw, paint..
More so than writing, reflection, journalling, listening to yourself and your desires. To truly follow what you want to do is more difficult now than it ever has been. You can't just go out and set off on a journey to figure out what you want, things are 'expected' of you. Go to school, get a degree, get a job, get a house, find a mate, have children, settle down. That's the life that is for the 'modern man'. What if it's the life of the hero that we want? Are we shamed into defeat, set to follow a path that is already predestined to give you nothing that you really care for in life?
Not many people can use their hands anymore to create things they love. I'm one of them. I wish I was skilled at painting, music, or crafting. I haven't found an opportunity for myself to take it to be able to learn one of the arts or crafts I desire to learn.
Writing is essential for me. I love to write poetry. I may not be good at it, but it makes me feel nice to put paper to pen and allow the words to flow out of my mind onto the parchment. It's just a hobby.
We all need hobbies.