Everyone experiences trauma differently. There is no way to predictive measure for when or how a person will become traumatized. One human’s stressor is another human’s thrill. Ultimately, we are in charge of our own narrative. It is not up to anyone else to determine whether or not trauma has touched us. We know by the aching, irritable, gone-and-back again hollow we cannot seem to fill with hope. We know by the hives, the lost hair, the nightmares, insomnia, dropped interests and seizing moments we live through daily. We know, because we experience the gamut of grief.
Writing, while not a replacement for therapeutic intervention, is an excellent tool for healing our trauma. On paper, we own our stories, fashion and refashion them in the manner that best captures personal truth. Through journaling, we can track our growth and regressions as well as discover the underlying themes of our pain. Fears can be taken to their extreme safely in fiction. If we choose to move outward, the personal essay is a way to educate the public. Regardless of method, the initial goal is the same: acceptance. This happened to me.
If you are interested in exploring writing through trauma, my class in Bloomington, IN begins January 19. You can learn more and sign up here.
Some of the links below will be used in class. Others are resources for my readership. I hope they are useful to you. Please feel free to link to your own resources in the comments. I will be posting a second resource list in the future and would love to include a variety of expertise.
I hope these pieces support you as you lean into those difficult spaces.