Why write this? Why? There are so many people writing memoirs. Isn’t it getting over done? I mean really how many of these can we read? Will it ever get old? The answer to these questions… well at least to the last question is a very loud NO! I believe it to be no because we all have a story to tell and really want to tell it and to be heard. If you think about it or have any knowledge of time before cell phones, computers, televisions and technology you would know the thing to do was to sit around with people and talk. I say this smiling because I know how silly that sounds. Yes they talked with each other face to face looking eye to eye and telling stories. Stories of their day, stories of their lives, stories of their parents and grandparents lives. They passed these stories down from generation to generation. It seems we are losing that but what remains is the desire to tell these stories. We don’t want them to get lost. So we write.
What I find so wonderful about telling our story is the opportunity to come face to face with ourselves. Getting to know ourselves can be frightening. I know, I hid from myself for years. I finally found myself in my room 6 years ago. I had shut myself up in there as much as possible. Though with 4 children, a husband and house to take care of I didn’t have much time to wallow in my fears, depression and anxiety but attended to it as much as possible. God met me there, in my room. I didn’t know I was looking for Him because I thought I had found Him already. We had initially met years before and I thought we were good. He was good, I was not. I was broken. I was a lifetime of brokenness encompassed in a distorted Christian persona. A common answer to a common question, “How are you?” I would answer, “I’m fine” proceeded with a huge smile and a nod of my head to affirm my words. The crazy thing about this is that most of the time I believed it. Don’t get me wrong, there were times I was coming out of my skin screaming in my head and still answering, “I’m fine,” huge smile and the head nod. It worked most every time. I was the best pretender. This grand show was mostly for one person. I desperately needed her to believe all of it, so her world wouldn’t fall apart. Yes, if you haven’t guessed that person was me.
I am ready for the real me to be seen and heard.