In response to some heartfelt comments on my previous post:
As I was writing the previous post, I had an old comment floating around in the back of my mind. A comment from a reader a few years back, when I just started finding my voice in this raw style of journaling. She thanked me for my courage in posting my work, and then she commented about needing to work through her recent divorce in a similar fashion. She was still processing and didn't think she would be able to share that pain with anyone else. It made me sad for her, and I was curious if she, like so many others (myself included), have been told not to share their inner most fears/thoughts. This short conversation whispered in my thoughts for the past year, and was screaming at me as I finally sat down to write my previous post. Is this subject matter just to damn personal?? I had kept it from so many the past year as I went through a year of separation, another attempt at reconciliation, and even up until days before my divorce was finalized a short time ago.
This is why I write, journal, and paint about difficult moments in my life. I learned long ago not to hold onto the unspeakable as it creates a hollow dark space in my heart. I eventually have to bring it to light, as nothing dark can stay dark for long once it is confronted and exposed to the light.
How about you? Do you write, paint, draw, or speak about difficult moments in your life? Do you keep it all tucked away in the depths of your being? Or do you find a way to release it all? I am curious about your processes.