For those who have been through trauma, child abuse, and other horrible experiences of life, writing gives you an outlet. It allows you to venture into a world where you would otherwise not go. It gives the brain the creative permission to look at things from a different perspective.
Three people that come to my mind immediately (and I know I'm leaving out a ton of others), use writing in a very unique and powerful way. I enjoy reading the blogs of these individuals because they are just so down to earth and real and unique.
One of these bloggers is Trevor Marty. Now, Trevor plays some awesome music and he's a very creative person. He's very real too and compassionate and caring and overall one heck of a great friend to know. He has a simplistic way about him that just gets down to the heart of the matter in whatever he does and I really admire that about him. One of his most recent endeavors is sharing adventure stories of his cat, Ms Mama Macy. You've really got to check it out!
Writing can be fun as in the case of my friend Trevor. When writing is fun, it expands your brain and gives you new neural pathways to explore. I remember as a kid that exploring the barns and corn cribs of the farms we lived on was like traveling to another world. Writing allows you to do that and sometimes escape the world you're currently in.
When we can escape the world for a moment, it sometimes gives the mind and body a fresh new perspective. It allows us to see something that we might not have seen and so the mind and body can come together as one, working towards a common goal of awareness.
Surviving My Past.net
Another great blogger is Matt, my friend who writes SurvivingMyPast.net . Matt is one of the most caring people I've met and is always supportive, no matter how upside his day may be going. He's very real and open and honest and this shines through in his writing. I seem to identify so much with what he writes. Even issues that I thought were healed and sealed in my life, were opened back up with me being able to see them from a different perspective. He's got a way in doing that. You should really check out his blog and YouTube podcasts especially if you know of anyone that's a male survivor of child abuse.
For a long time, I used writing as a tool to heal my life. There was no way I could verbally express much of this to anyone. Yet, I had so much pain locked up in me and the only way I could find some sanity in a day was to write. I didn't write for others to read it. I wrote to help make sense of it in my own life and in my mind and body.
The other person that is one awesome writer is my partner in life. He writes about the history of music, but in a way that if you did not experience it, you feel like you were there when it happens. He has such a great way with telling a story that captivates you. Its more than history to him. It is about living through these wonderful moments of years gone by as he and many others were dealing with the ever changing kaleidoscope of life. Take a look at one of his articles from Savage Lost (1960 Florida Garage Bands) he wrote and see if you don't feel like you're right there living the music scene with him.
We don't have to be perfect writers. I don't consider myself to be a perfect writer. I just write from my experiences and my heart. That's what these folks do that I've mentioned.
I'm an individual that is constantly expanding my horizons and so I love to read things by different people. I don't want everything to be the same subject every day because that doesn't help the mind and body grow or evolve. I challenge myself to read things that I normally would not read and I challenge you to do the same.
For me, writing is about putting down on paper all the thoughts in my head. Some days, I think I do it more for myself than anything and other people benefit as a result. Yes, it takes courage at times to share it publicly, but don't let fears and insecurities hold you back. Just put the words out there! You'll be amazed at what happens after that.
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