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Write What You Know

It’s tempting to take the old advice about how to make a blog interesting to read… “Write what you know.” Hm…

What if I did write what I know, what I have personally experienced for the past three years; pain, betrayal, hurt, and anger. How much fun would it be to read my blog then?

Like a lot of people, when I’m hurt I keep to myself. I don’t take things to Facebook, and I don’t take my anger out on my blog. Putting issues out there online brings about the possibility of having to deal with issues over and over again. How can you heal when you keep dealing with the past?

To heal myself I spent a year writing privately in a paper journal to deal with the pain. A couple of months ago I physically said “I forgive you” to the person who wronged me. Crazy as it may seem, physically saying the words, “I forgive you” was very healing. A gigantic weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt tons lighter. After the words were uttered I put away the paper journal and started thinking about how I could get back to “ME.”

What do “I” want to do in life? What do I want to make me happy? What speaks to my soul and makes me feel whole? I came up with a lot of answers (most of which I’ll keep private) but the one thing that keeps coming back to me is to get back to blogging. Blogging for me is cathartic. I love to share the good parts of my life with whoever will read it.

So with that, I’m back to being “ME.”

Photo Credit: Photo taken by me, Jansweeps.

Image Credit » Photo taken by me, Jansweeps.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on November 24, 2015, 8:39 PM

I'm glad that you've been able to find your way back to you. I, too, find writing to be cathartic. I tell my students that I include things in my novels that happened to me in real life, some good, some bad, some funny, some sad, because it makes my characters seem more real. It also helps me remember the good times and work out the not-so-good.

cheri wrote on November 28, 2015, 5:03 AM

I love writing my personal experiences but most of the time I hold back especially if sharing it online. It is not just easy

vanGogh wrote on January 24, 2016, 3:26 AM

Guess the greatest catharsis is confronting the one in the mirror and saying: I forgive you