I’m in the midst of wrapping up writing my submission piece for a retreat scholarship. The experience of writing it has been enlightening, healing, creatively exhilarating, and also quite taxing. You see, I love rules and clear-cut expectations and this assignment has tortured me because it has none.
They told us to share our story.
It took me a long time to even decide where to start; which parts of my life, my identity, my history and my present do I choose to share? Obviously, it’s a pretty big project because I’m essentially asking myself who I am and how I got here. Am I choosing to talk about events, indisputable facts of my life thus far, or am I choosing to detail an internal narrative, a colorful interpretation of my perception and theories of the way my world works? Who are the main characters that have made my story something worth telling? Am I even one of those main characters, or am I deciding to paint my life as something that has happened to me?
So now, it’s my turn to pass the buck and invite you to ask the tough questions – whether you choose to write your full story, post it anywhere, share with a loved one, or simply reflect quietly between yourself and whatever higher power you may or may not believe in. What you choose do with whatever comes out is much less important than the fact that you have a version of your story.
Go. Now. Reflect. Listen. Write…Edit later, or don’t edit at all. It doesn’t matter.
And if you finish and you feel like you’re ready to share, that you need someone to hear your voice or read your words tell the story of your life as you know it, I’m right here.