I continued to write during the days of my youth... about depression, thoughts of suicide, my horrendous looking body, my experiences with boys (truthfully more about my LACK of experience), my dysfunctional family (whom I now look back on with respect & awe), being the unpopular girl, and more. Most of those pages were destroyed during my college drama days... in a fire place... since I didn't like what I read. It was too honest.
I "journaled" throughout my entire life. And, I wrote letters...
- to pen pals
- to friends I met at summer camps
- to my cousins who lived in other states & countries
- to high school friends when I moved out-of-state for college (I recently found a box of at least 50 letters I received in response to ones I had sent out)
- to the LOML when were were dating & separated by 1,000 miles
- to my parents when I was in college & as a young adult
- to college roommates & friends after graduation
- daily fighting & winning the battle against depression
- no longer contemplating suicide
- being grateful that I have a body that works & not caring so much about its appearance
- spending life with a wonderful friend & spouse whom I affectionately refer to as the LOML
- creating my OWN dysfunction family with my favorite friend, the LOML
- embracing still not being the popular girl but making ripples in my own small pond
"Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." ~ Isaac Asimov
If I had to sum up this post with a suggestion for others... for YOU... I'd have to say:
Figure out HOW to find your voice... and embrace it!
And, I'm only free writing this post today because my friend, Karen Deschenes Courcy, suggested that we write something today & share it :) How ironic that what I wrote today goes so perfectly with her Facebook cover photo!!
Some other great quotes about writing:
- “Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um, whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called.” ~ Jarod Kintz (shared here)
- "If you sit down at your desk and write one paragraph, you'll be amazed, either by how great that can be, or how you ended up writing more." ~ Anne Lamott (shared here)
- "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." ~ William Wordsworth (shared here)