Why I Write?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’'
When I was a teenager, I had anxiety. The kind of anxiety that made it hard to leave the house. The kind that made me a college dropout not just once - but three times!
And the thing that got me through, the thing that saved my life – literally were the books I read and journaling. I didn’t know that I was journaling, I just knew I had to write and keep writing.
I didn’t share my writing with anyone. No, I had a plastic bag – a really big one, I put my handwritten pages in the bag, tied up the handles, and hid it at the bottom of my wardrobe.
That bag of writing saved my life.
In January my first book is being published by Hay House. It’s been a long journey from the bag of handwritten notes sitting in the dark of that wardrobe, to taking my story out into the world. But it feels like the right time.
There is a beautiful line by Maya Angelou which Kate, a dear writing friend reminded me of recently:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you'’
Authenticity is vulnerable and courageous work.
To tell our story, to share our experience, to make sense of where we have been and where we are going, and as we do this maybe we liberate others to do so too.
My book is entitled 'Calm Your Gut' for more information https://www.themindfulgut.co.uk/