Although Brené Brown didn’t write her book, Rising Strong, for writers, when I read it from a writer’s perspective, I could see how rich in learning and motivation it was for me.
I’ve been struggling to write some of my ‘stories’. True life events that are hard to re-live. Even harder to articulate. And at the back of my mind are the questions, ‘Will I be able to share this with the world? What will people think? Will I be hurting someone with sharing this?’ And then there’s the big question, ‘Is it fair to write negative things about people who have passed?’
I know that people say that if someone doesn’t want you to write good things about them, they should have minded how they behaved towards you. But what if people’s behaviour was not always directed towards me, but affected me all the same?
So many questions. And yet, as Brené says, ” Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth.”
”We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.
I know I’ve been repeating this theme – wandering about – still wondering. Could I just be making excuses? Am I afraid to make myself vulnerable?
I know that I’m finally going to figure this out and find the way. I’ve got to choose. To choose to be strong and go for it!
I’m working at rising strong. Are you?