Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy.
In my case, having written the “What If Book of Questions to Your Most Revealing Answers on Love and Health, Weath & Happiness”, was a direct result of therapy during and after my divorce many years ago. Getting a divorce reminded me of a car accident I experienced once, when I woke up across the street, disoriented, angry, and in pain.
I sought out counseling to work through the trauma of the divorce and found myself asking the therapist a lot of “what if” questions about the future and the implications of being alone in the world again after 23 years. The therapist encouraged me to write them all down, cleverly giving me a sense of purpose, at least for the short term, and forcing me to explore some unchartered emotional territory.
I found that writing with no thought of being published, gave the words and ideas a raw, unvarnished, and very therapeutic authenticity. There is a song lyric that says you have to dance like no one is watching, and we have to write like no one is reading. The only person who can write authentically about the car wreck, or party, that is your life, is you. Choosing to explore the recesses of your mind and heart is a huge risk, but offers the great reward of finding your voice.
What if the most important moment in your life is this one? Can you handle the power it gives you to choose how you will spend the next one?