This week's #FridayReflection is: How does writing help you? and all I can say is that writing/blogging is a world unto itself. It has helped me re-define who I am and what my season of life is all about. Who'd have thought that a bit over a year ago when I put my first thoughts down on my laptop (instead of the ones I'd been putting into my journal every week for years), that this blogging journey would become a force in its own right? Who'd have thought it would take over part of my heart and not let go?
Loving blogging means I don't need my non-blogging friends to understand. Blogging is a universe all of its own. It encompasses so many different shapes and forms and yet there is a connection with each other that can't be explained to those who "don't get this whole blogging thing". I never realized what satisfaction there is in putting your thoughts and feelings into words on a page and having a like-minded connection with others all over the world.
I remember writing a piece called "Where I'm From" that was intrinsically about being Australian, yet women in other countries could recount similar memories from their childhood - thousands of miles away from mine. It was so enriching to hear that they had lived a life that mirrored mine but one that also had it's own flavour and nuances. I can't even begin to explain to non-bloggers what it's like to have that connection and to have made friends with people I have never met (and will probably never see face to face) and yet we share a heart for writing. It doesn't matter if we write about different "loves", there is still that innate understanding of each other.
So, my story now includes being a blogger - it doesn't have to be understood by my family or my workmates, or my friends - it is my story - one I can write on my own terms. I write so I can share with women all over the world. And as I write, the story grows and develops as I read other people's stories and writings. This is my story and it gets more interesting every day!