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Today’s post comes to us from Christina Ledbetter. We’re sorry that she’s been in so much pain, but we’re really excited for her upcoming trip. We see the potential for a great story in there!
Writing as Therapy: The Start of a Great Memoir
I write to you in lots of pain today. No, I didn’t lose a love one. Yes, my pets are all healthy. My pain comes from having about a gallon of vaccinations shot into my arm yesterday. In November, I’ll be making a trip to Rwanda, and Rwanda is no place for funny business when it comes to immunizations. At the moment, I can barely lift my right arm. Typing is okay, but maneuvering the mouse makes me groan out loud. That said, if this post is full of typos, you’ll know it’s because the agony got so bad I couldn’t handle editing.
It’s ironic how much pain writing is causing me today, because for my whole life writing has alleviated pain. I’ve been using writing as therapy for about twenty-five years now. After family feuds, I’d pull out my handwriting pad and jot down who screamed what and who stormed out of the house and who was on their way to jail. (It was a colorful childhood, mine was.)
The handwriting tablets turned into hardback diaries with heart-shaped locks, which became any journal I could find on sale since I filled them up so quickly. Writing has always been my favorite therapist. It’s also helped me remember a lot about things I saw growing up. In that way, writing has been like a two-for-one: cheap therapy plus instant access to the past. Even though I’ve lost or thrown away a lot of those old journals, writing in itself helps me remember things. And now that I’m tinkering with a book of my own, having written in some old journal about my first job at a big and tall store and the laundry mat I used in college, makes writing about it today clearer.
So if you’re not sure where to start with writing, at least begin writing what you see each day. It will definitely serve as some cheap therapy. Plus, it could become the ingredients of a really great book one day, a book Kbuuk is ready to publish.
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