This is the first thing I ever wrote. The first thing I had the courage to show to my sister. This is a symbol of my spontaneity.
My sister encouraged me to follow my heart and start my page and for the first time in my life, I jumped before I could see where I was going and I haven’t looked back since.
I know this is amateur and even looks a bit off but this was where I began and I’m not ashamed of it. I think where we begin is so important because it shows us how far we’ve come.
I began my writing journey on 24th November 2015, as I look back on these four years as someone who loves to write (I still find it difficult to refer to myself as a writer/poet), I can’t help but think of two people I’d like to thank.
Firstly my sister for making me believe in myself and encouraging me to follow my heart. Secondly my sister-like friend and the editor of A Better Today Media, Stephanie Kay. She’s the one who told me I could write and before that, I didn’t really believe I could. She asked me to write an article or should I say guided me through the process of writing one and to my great surprise-I could write. It is solely because of Stephanie that I started pouring my heart out into my articles and beginning my journey of healing.
My articles are all rooted in some way to my healing and writing them hasn’t been easy. I always say writing is exposing yourself emotionally and the only reason I did/do that besides my own healing, is for the healing of others.
I know the power of words and how things I read when I was at my lowest kept me going and if I could help someone in the smallest of ways I think that would be a privilege.
Through the years I’ve not only grown as a person but I’d like to believe I’ve grown as a writer. I sometimes cringe at the stuff I’ve written but not out of shame. It’s because I know I could have said it better now or because it reminds me of a time when I was emotionally beaten to a pulp. As I scroll through my writings I see growth, strength, and hope and I’m proud of myself for having made it through.
This isn’t meant to be a puff piece but I suddenly felt nostalgic. In hindsight, I should have done this on completing 5 years. (Who cares? YOLO)
These are five of my favorite pieces: