I remember hearing this question from each of my daughters when they were young, resisting what they were asked to do. The question is both innocent and wise.
I am nearing the completion of writing a book that chronicles my lifelong journey and triumph over chronic pain. There were many mornings I could have hung it all up because I did not have a definitive answer as to “why” I was taking all this time to write. Is it going to be of value? Will it lead to another career path? All I had was an intuitive hunch that folks did not understand some things I shared regarding the mind, body and spirit aspects of pain and maybe that was reason enough to want to put pen to paper.
It was not until now, when I am in a position to get feedback from friends and professionals I respect, that I realize the journey was worth taking. That it was of value to allow myself to be vulnerable and put my story out there.
I am thankful that I was innocent enough to keep going and not demand an answer.
And now I look forward to the publication of my book in the near future with the hope it can expand the conversation about the experience of pain and successfully dealing managing it.
Looking forward to the rewards that will come your way once the book is published. All my children gathering this weekend in our new home. Can’t wait. Beth