There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
I am: Mother and Grandmother; Alcoholic/Addict in long term recovery; Retired Non Profit Manager and Trainer; Writer; Blogger, Want-to-be Actor; Love reading, theater, and music; Hanging out with friends is the best. I worked the local Crisis Line/Information and Referral Line and Human Services SafetyNet for over 15 years before retiring. I continued to work part time and on call until recently. I am a now full time college student at Clemson.
As a child I learned that keeping secrets was the “norm.” We used the term “don’t ask-don’t tell” long before the military put the policy in place. I knew I had a voice, I just wasn’t allowed to use it. Over the years, I forgot it was there.
But in time, I found my voice. I know some people who just don’t know how to stop talking; I don’t know how to stop writing. I can say things through writing that I can’t seem to express with talking. It just feels freer and safer.
When people ask me why I share my life and my story so openly, I tell them, “because I have to.” I was in my 30’s before I knew anyone ever felt like I did. I didn’t understand that other people had experienced the same pain, the same shame, and the same feelings I had.
I am currently working on a book and hope to finish it someday. Once I finish, I will figure out how to go about publishing it. I also write short stories and fiction.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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