Thyme For Literary Healing: What Have You Done To Find Your Way Back To Yourself?
I have spent my entire life being able to write my way back to myself and out of situations; meaning, the more I wrote, the more I discovered about myself, or the situation, whatever it was. I used to believe that I could write my way out of everything. I realize that was naive, really I do. Pre-Graves, it worked. When I wrote, everything was right in the world again. My canvas was a blank MS Word doc or a writing software. Whether I was writing a project or an essay, essentially, I was writing my way back to myself; fiction or non-fiction.
Prior to being diagnosed, when my body was betraying me, I used to write wicked essays about what was happening. The more feverish the words flew from my fingertips, the faster I thought I’d heal. Once diagnosed, I wrote scathing Dear Thyroid Letters, hundreds of them, believing that I could heal my disease by writing my way out of it.
I know we can’t write our way out of our diseases, obviously. While it took a bit of time for me to reach that conclusion, it didn’t stop me from writing and hoping, and wishing with every ounce of my being, that once I closed my document, I would be healed. The pain and destruction I endured and put my family through would be nothing more than a nightmare.
Today’s literary healing is about YOUR canvas.
- When you realized you had your disease or cancer, what did you do?
- What did you think would happen as a result of what you did?
- Did you believe that you could heal yourself?
- When you realized that you couldn’t, how did you feel about that?
Ready? Set. Write.
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