When I am feeling out of sorts I turn to books for answers, to find sage advice, and to discover others that have felt like me at different times in their lives. I recently purchased Writing As A Way Of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo and Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest by Christina Baldwin.
In my journey into the second half of life I have struggled with who I am, what I want from life, where I’m going, and what the heck am I going to do with the rest of my life. Very similar to what a person goes through in their teen years, we as women go through during menopause, the difference of course is one is at the beginning of life and the other is getting closer to the end. One is wondering about whether to have a family, what career they may go into and all the responsibilities that come with being an adult as they let go of their childhood. The other trying to lighten their load, living more simply and adding more creativity and play into their life. Both have hormones going up and down and sideways making things even more difficult.
Maybe having hormones messing with your body and your mind spur you to take action, making things feel so uncomfortable you have to make decisions on which directions to go.
Added to all of that, I find that there are many wounds that I have accumulated through my life that have yet to heal as well as the above questions that I am asking myself. That is why I chose those two books to dive into hoping they will help me write my way to feeling better and gaining some much needed answers for my life.
Of course no matter what I do writing will be involved, it has been my continuing love throughout my life. It is something that helps me on my journey, helps me work through my thoughts, to know what I’m feeling, and to come out the other side stronger, and ready to take on the world.
Where are you in life? What questions have you been asking yourself lately, quietly or loudly?
Morgan Dragonwillow is an author, encourager, & facilitator of magical circles. Team leader at #StoryDam, #OctPoWrIMo & #PoetsonthePage She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.
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“Sometimes poets write what we wish we could say, and they tell us what we need to know. The poems in Wild Woman Waking lead us to a place where we can proudly refuse to be “bent and broken”; instead, they document a journey to self-acceptance, peace, and understanding – where in a community of women, we celebrate and dance as Mud Women. We become women of spirit and keepers of our own keys.” ~Beth Camp
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