It's time to express yourself through writing. Don't get caught up in the web of negative thoughts or beliefs that might be a product of judgements and shame that you felt during your childhood. Write. Write without inhibition; with no intention that it be for others. Write for yourself. Write about anything, real or make believe. Write whatever comes to your mind. Write about the words that once hurt you. Let writing be a way to let it all go. Trust your creative spark. Let your words inspire and enlighten.
Two years ago, I sat alone with my thoughts and my computer and I wrote. I wrote of memories, mostly bad. I reflected on my life as a journey that had gotten me to the spot that I was in. At one point, I stopped, cried, and then shut the computer down - not wanting to feel the hurt anymore. With sleep came a new perspective. The sun came up on a new day and as I reread my words from the previous night, I made a decision. I was going to let go of the hurt and the pain. I was going to search for the blessings that had come from my life's encounters. As I reread the words, I turned the negative into lessons. What had I learned from that experience? How had that event or that person made me who I am today? I began to write again and this time with understanding and forgiveness. I wrote and wrote and with each personal story, I found the person that I wanted to be. I didn't want to be burdened by my past. I didn't want my past to be an excuse. Instead, I began to celebrate the strength that I had gained from my lessons and I decided then that I had a choice, a choice to live my life the way I wanted.
Now, as I look at the beginning of another new year, my resolution is to write something, every day. I want to write something that inspires me to be the person that I want to be. I find peace and comfort from the woods behind my apartment, so I will walk the paths as often as possible. I love to capture the changing seasons and the littlest things that add texture to the paths. I'll share my photos as a reflection on my view of life.
So, let the new year begin. I am ready.