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Write for Life

Write for Life is a Love Pain & Poetry initiative to encourage the world to write for 15 minutes a day for mental health therapy. Everyone is encouraged to participate. 

How writing saves my life.

Hey there, readers. I'm Lacie, or Salig for my poetry on allpoetry.com. since this is my first blog, I thought I'd just go ahead and say a bit about what therapeutic writing really means to me.

 

Poetry is expression of self. One of the main issues that people who get trapped in a cycle of depression often have is trouble expressing themselves. They get overwhelmed by emotions and don't know how to ask for help or relieve the pain that they feel as though they're drowning in. In many cases where the person does reach out and get help, the therapist involved will suggest that they try some form of therapeutic writing. Most of the time, this leads to some kind of journaling. As crazy as it may sound, journaling and poetry are very similar. For instance:

"Today I felt as though I was being overwhelmed. Everyone I spoke to seemed distant and I had to remind myself to breathe."

vs.

"Another day of suffering.

I look around the crowd,

desperate for a familiar face.

I drown in this sea of people,

gasping for air."

 

For those of you who may worry that you won't be good at it, keep two things in mind: Everyone wobbles when they first learn to walk. Also, this is about you and your therapy. The relief that comes from spending ink across fresh paper is something that can only be described in poetry. 

 

-Salig