Writing is Good Therapy
Like the title says, writing is good therapy. Until 3 months ago I hadn't written, actually creatively written anything (besides editing a script which just isn't the same), since my college days almost 30 years ago. I can honestly say without a doubt it has definitely helped and enhanced my recovery in the last three months more than any other single thing in the almost 2 years I've been ill.
I only wish I had realized sooner what a powerful a healing tool writing is, I would have started sooner. Writing is therapeutic in so many ways. I have made a quiet commitment to myself to write everyday, the same way I have not so quietly committed to daily pool therapy; because the benefits are so great.
It was my husband who first introduced me to the idea of writing. The last time I was in the hospital I was very frustrated and feeling uneasy that I was potentially not going to be able to carry on in my chosen profession. I've been a camera operator for almost 30 years and although I work in other capacities on and off set, my bread and butter comes from shooting. The thought of walking away from it is choking sometimes, but I am a flexible person so I am trying to be open to new opportunities (my new positive word for the year!).
The night I got home he discussed the possibility of me writing and posting articles on the internet. He described passive income, saying it takes a long time to get to where you are making money but there is no hurry, maybe I could try it out to see how it works. He knew I've always had an interest in writing but never the opportunity.
I went to bed wondering about writing. What did I have to say that anyone would want to read? Well I did have something to write about. I had a terrible experience in the ER this last time; it was my 14th visit and I was not happy.
Writing on Hubpages
The next day I went on the internet and googled "writing for money", as per my husbands suggestion. Low and behold up came hubpages. Now being partially internet challenged and a complete newbie at blogging I was very weary of how this was going to happen.
I wanted my writing to look good, I wanted to be able to add pics and video. I didn't want to figure out how to put the ads up; I just wanted it all to happen. And wouldn't it be interesting if someone actually read something I wrote.
The main draw to hubpages off the top was the number of members they had; millions. I couldn't believe that many people were writing and reading stuff generated from one site. I looked at the topics and realized I knew information about some of these subjects. Then I found the path to the hospitals and I was in! They had a place for my rant about the ER!
I joined and off I wrote. It was interesting and easy following the instructions to writing my first blog or hub. It wasn't stressful and hubpages methodology took the guess work out of how to put my story together. Most importantly I successfully completed my story.
my hubpages profile
- eye say on HubPages
30 years in television & 50 years of living life. Life is made up of challenges. Change is good, knowledge is great and they both take courage...
Comments are Uplifting
The simple act of writing daily has given me purpose. I go to pool therapy daily to help force me to get going and moving each day and I always feel better afterward. It is exactly the same with writing. At the end of the day I feel I've personally put something out into the world that may actually get someone thinking about something. How do I know that?
For me, one of the greatest things about hubpages is that you actually get feedback from people. You know people are actually reading what you are writing because they leave comments. The fact that I get any feedback means the writing isn't for nothing. At least for me. The interchange and sharing between like-minded and not so like-minded people encourages communication from around the world.
The reach is incredible; the world is shrinking. I find it so interesting that I have found a place where I can connect with people from around the world through what they have written, their point of view. I have writers I read regularly and am always finding new writers who are engaging and interesting.
I have a blog site as well, but no one leaves comments, so I've had the opportunity to compare the blogging experience form the perspective of feedback. I prefer the experience on hubpages for that connectivity it facilitates and the friendly interaction it encourages.
After I hit the publish button I had the greatest feelings. I was excited about completing something new, it had been a long time since I achieved anything that wasn't related to getting better. I was no longer angry at the hospital ER; I had let it go.
I was proud of myself for being able to actually put my thoughts down on paper. I was nervous that I had put my opinion out there for the world to read... I was wondering what else I could write about.
The feelings were overwhelmingly positive and I hadn't felt like that in a long time. For me the writing has turned out to be many things. It is a platform that I can use to rant on, although I tend to try to not get too political. It's a place to share things I've learned and experienced. It has become a way for me to release excess energy.
By making writing part of my daily routine I force myself to accomplish something extra, something that is out of the ordinary, something that is new everyday. The subjects need to change so the focus of each article is always different. I let myself and my mind wander each day and write something that I am interested enough in to commit to the time it takes to write.
The variety in writing reminds me of camerawork where everyday is different; it was one of the appeals of the profession for me. Although I'm not focused on making money with my writing at the moment I believe it will come. I've been learning the art of writing and trying to improve my skills. I'm still in the learning curve of how to make money using all the different tools you are supposed to use to get rich daily, I'm not there yet and I'm not in a panic to be.
A Bad Day into a Good One
When I'm having a bad day physically and have to stay off my limbs anyway, writing gives me something to do that is a distraction. So much of the time when you are sick you think about your illness, injury, sickness. It can become very depressing. My daily writing task doesn't leave me too much time for those kind of thoughts and when I can't shake them I can write about them.
I can write about anything, well anything within the reasonable bounds of society! That means I get to control something in my world. One of the major downfalls of being ill is the feeling of lack of control: not being able to control your body leaves you feeling very frustrated. As a writer it's is such a great feeling to be able to say whatever you want into the computer and out to the world because you want to and you can, you can control something in your life; your words.
Writing has also allowed me time to clarify subjects that are on my mind. Taking time to think things through, to write them down and see them as words, to research, clarify and look at issues from both sides helps the anxiety I sometimes get, I think as a result of the trauma and lifestyle changes I've gone through.
Will you give writing a try if you haven't already?
Connectivity and Support
Writing is also time consuming, so it fills my time in a positive way and makes the quiet recovery time pass more quickly.
It's been a great conversation starter at home as well. My child wants me to read my articles to her; she gives me her thoughts and makes suggestions of pictures or videos, she loves giving her input and I love to hear her interpretation of what I've written. It has shown her another way to be creative and given us the opportunity to create together. My husband will often take my photos or proof read for me and I like that; it's an opportunity for he and I to share on a deeper level. It is a nice way for us as a family to support each other in a way that isn't so emotionally draining.
I'll also mention again that the support from the hubpages community through their comments is very encouraging and motivates more writing.
I'd suggest to anyone who is going through an illness or injury, as part of their personal rehabilitation, to pick up a pen and put something down on paper. If it makes you feel even a little good keep going, if it doesn't you tried, but you know ... everyone's got a story to tell, what's yours?
© 2012 eye say