I was proposed an interesting question after my post titled We Are All Children’s Writers, where I encouraged writers to remember the joys of childhood to liven up their writing.
But, what if you didn’t have an actual “childhood”?
How can a person who wasn’t given a “playtime” as a kid remember the joys of this through writing?
What if a child’s voice was silenced through years of abuse or abandonment?
It’s a situation I didn’t anticipate with my article, because I took my own happy childhood and loving family for granted.
Is it possible that freedom from misfortune, hate and disdain censors us from the raw realities that happen around us everyday? I don’t think it’s a question, it’s a fact.
Being raised into loving hands and welcoming situations can shelter you from the outside world, to a point where it simply ceases to exist.
Is this a bad thing? Yes of course. You can’t ignore the voiceless, because more often than not their story is the one that needs to be shared. You can’t shut out your own misfortunes because you need to piece together the reasons it happened, in order to communicate that to yourself and others. Especially through writing.
The cry of the voiceless needs to be heard
Those who have endured heartbreak, abandonment, abuse and overbearing ridicule throughout life have the greatest story to tell of all. They need to be heard for our sake and for their own sake, to piece together the mysteries of their life.
It is our responsibility to never forget these people, rather to embrace and even celebrate them. Otherwise, they continue to be left alone, and it’s when we forget to listen to stories of misfortune, the same events happen over and over again.
Not only that, but these stories provide comfort, guidance and possible inspiration to those who read them. Those who are persecuted have the most interesting stories to tell, not to mention they can have the most impact on the world.
Tapping into tough times
It’s impossible to compare everyday stresses of an average person to the horrible situations taken on by those victims of hatred and abuse. However, as a writer you can learn something by indulging yourself into the difficult memories of your own life. Everyone copes differently with letdowns, but instead of brushing them under the rug and forgetting, revisit these heartbreaking moments to better understand the reasons they happened.
Write about the sorrows you endured to help others who went through (or are currently going through) similar circumstances. Allow people to connect with your writing and remind them that they are not alone. Tough situations come in every shape and form, from a bad grade in school to a foreclosure or loss of a job.
Everyone has a story to tell and it doesn’t always end with “happily ever after”.
Reflecting on difficult times in your own life reveals the true spirit of who you are. It unveils how you responded when knocked down and what you did in order to solve the problem.
It’s not the accomplishments that make you who you are. It’s the times when the world told you that you weren’t worth it. The times when people left you for nothing. Interesting people are the ones who crawl from the ashes, and whether you are the one telling the story or making sure another’s is told, we all have a responsibility to unveil the sorrows of our world.