Writing: What’s in it for me?


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I haven’t written a blog in several days, mainly because I didn’t have anything to say. Even thought I know this, I still want to write. Why do I want to write?

Well, the reality for me is that it gives me an opportunity to put my thoughts and feelings into words and to share them and hope that some others understand. I sometimes write about places I have lived or things I have done, but I am mostly drawn to write about deeper questions that I am seeking clarity on. Sometimes that clarity comes with the writing and sometimes in comes with sharing the human condition with others.

I sometimes wonder if I am self obsessed with all this navel gaizing. Maybe I am. I remember once reading “take your finger off your pulse and start living”. That is good advice at times. I guess there are those of us who spend more time than others in pondering the  “important” questions in life. I suspect many people who write are people who are seeking answers.

There are limits to what I will write about. I would like to explore a discussion about depression, however I hesitate. The reasons are because:

1. people are generally not attracted to reading about difficult emotions

2. am I brave enough to share my own difficult emotions and would there be negative reactions?

Perhaps I can share some little thing that has helped me when depressed – it is to keep on going, keep on doing what needs to be done, don’t take time out to rest, rest is not what I need, I need to keep involved with life and those around me. It is true that often people become withdrawn when they are depressed. This is not helpful, in my experience at least. It may not be the same for everyone.

I would be interested to hear from others about what helps them during times of depression. I think it needs to be talked about more in our society so that people can better understand what it is all about and how to help when needed.

Cheers for now

Lorraine 🙂

PS I feel better already 🙂