There are so many benefits from blogging, and writing is only part of that. Mental illness can be so isolating, and while I’m generally pretty open about my illness, through blogging I’ve found this community where there’s no need for any masks. I’ve never met any of you in person, but in many ways you know me better than a lot of the people in my “real” life. I feel truly at home in the WordPress community, and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you.
Earlier this week I wrote a post about a simple word that was triggering a lot of pain for me. I got some amazing suggestions from my fellow bloggers. I let them percolate in my brain for a while, and then during yoga class (my prime time for being able to see things more clearly) I focused on reassigning a different meaning to that word. What came up in the process was the realization that what was really being triggered were memories related to but not directly involving the person I originally associated with the trigger word, and these memories are something I’m trying to work through as part of writing my trauma account. Lo and behold, the next time that I was exposed to my trigger word, I was able to quickly substitute the reassigned word without having a strong emotional reaction come up.
The feedback that I’ve gotten on all my posts has been so valuable. I’ve gotten new ideas, and I’ve been able to look at things in new ways. I’ve learned more about myself from the input you’ve given me. I’m progressing farther in my own healing as a result of what I’ve gained from all of you. I’ve also built up a steadily growing list of great books to read that have been recommended by community members.
So for all you’ve done, from the bottom of my heart I thank you. ❤️