I find the greatest form of therapy for me has always been writing. I can free myself, if only for a moment, by letting my words loose on a page (or, more appropriately in this scenario…a screen). I write with a lot of emotion and heart.
Writing is how I got through some of my darkest times. It’s helped me connect with people from all over the world who share the same chronic pain bone disorder as me. It’s helped me feel less isolated during those months of recovery that follow a surgery.
I may not have been able to miraculously heal all of my wounds forever, but writing through those dark times in my life, I’ve found understanding and acceptance. I am able to take the pain that has influenced me, and shape it into something more. It’s no longer baggage that I carry around; I’ve liberated myself from it. I’ve released it out into the world in raw stories with underlying themes of love, family, and personal endurance.
It really, truly is freeing. The best part about writing is that you don’t have to be good at it. I mean, you do if you’re writing professionally, but if you’re writing for you…it doesn’t have to be perfect. It can be raw, honest, and an editor’s worst nightmare, but it can still free you.
This is why, whenever my friends approach me and tell me that they’re struggling with life, I encourage them to write. If there’s a hope that by writing, they can soothe the sharp and jagged edges of pain, I want them to have that.
My dear friend, Elizabeth Barone, is writing a new book called Writing Through Trauma. It aims to help you write your way through difficult events and situations. A while ago, she shared an excerpt from it on her blog. To say I’m excited for her to release this novel is an understatement! Elizabeth is one of the most inspiring people I know, and she inherently wants to do good for those around her. She’s also far more talented in teaching other’s, so if writing through trauma is something you’d like to try…when this book releases, one-click it!
And in the mean time, write what scares you, even if it’s something only you will understand.