At age 60, my mom has finally decided to tell her life story. It’s one filled with much pain and much joy, like all lives tend to have, and it is utterly, uniquely her own.
It’s a story only she can tell…and whether you know it or not, you have a story within you too that only you can tell. Whether you choose to tell it through writing, painting, dance, acting, filmmaking, music, photography or another medium, all art is ultimately an expression of our own personal story – how we see the world, what experiences we’ve had, what goes on inside.
We went out and got her the prettiest journal she could find, Italian leather with a gorgeous etching on the cover and a special pen in the shape of a bullet. Putting love into the materials made her feel inspired to get started.
At first, she felt intense fear about re-feeling all of those uncomfortable feelings that can come up when one seeks to unveil the truth.
She told me my words comforted her when I said, “You don’t have to do it all in one day. You don’t have to do it when you don’t feel like it. You don’t have to rush it. Your grammar and spelling don’t have to be perfect. Things can come out of order. Take your time and just let it flow as it comes.”
The next thing she knew, she had already written 40 pages that seemed to pour out effortlessly.
I was reminded of the power of taking it easy on ourselves – that when we put too much pressure on our own creation, resistance can come up as anxiety sets in.
When we breathe, let go a bit and give ourselves permission to be more relaxed about the creative process, we tend to do our best work and flow more easily.
Here’s to taking it easy on yourself as you discover new ways to tell your own unique story.