I’ve had to be the protagonist of my own life, of my own ‘story’ around a physical, mental and emotional disability I didn’t know about, because no one did it for me. I am not ashamed to say, I have struggled ever since I was a little girl.
As I continue to struggle, my blog continues to bring clarity. There is no doubt that using introspection has brought clarity. It has brought value and understanding to my life, allowing me to think about what I needed enough to go out and grasp it. Through my writing, I have that life.
Using introspection has allowed me to look at my experiences in the whole, for me to devise a plan, helping me work towards my goals, although in the early years not knowing I had a disability, I couldn’t know what they were. Also, when your life has been marred by invalidation and dismissal, introspection certainly helps.
I know that being in control and being the main character of my ‘story’ has been rewarding. No matter our story, it is important to seek out our own truth, so that we become the architect of our life, not someone else and that is what I have done.
I believe it contributes to a mindful state of being. It’s not about devaluing other people’s experiences, but if their recount of our experiences is different, that’s because what they’re filtering is through their own prism, which is never ours.