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Our creative writing sessions have now come to an end. This week we said our farewells to each other with the hope that in the future sometime, we may catch-up informally to talk about what’s been happening in our lives. It’s somewhat sad but a necessary important part of our creative writing therapy. Now is the time we take what we have learned about ourselves through our creative writing efforts, and put this new knowledge to good use. Whether it be the practice of continued creative writing efforts and/or embarking on another kind of creative therapy, we know we are now in a better place than when we first started, and now better skilled to deal with what’s ahead.
WHEN A GOOD LAUGH IS IMPORTANT!
It was important during our very last creative writing session that we attempt to engage in a sense of cheeriness. Our creative writing facilitator had us write a piece that was to be about something that was our favourite thing about ourselves. We had 10 minutes to write the piece and at the end of that 10 minutes we were then invited to share what we had written – if we wished. What I love about these kind of creative writing exercises is this, you never know what is going to pop into your head and be translated into the written word. I am also amazed and intrigued by what others write and share as well, how their stories vary and how imaginative they can be. Sometimes, the group’s stories can be sad, sometimes our stories can be revealing and insightful, and at other times they can have us laughing unexpectedly – which is always welcomed!
I wrote a creative writing piece on this last day that did just that, had everyone laughing with delight and I must admit it gave me a great sense of pleasure knowing that I was able to achieve this, on this our very last day of creative writing with this extraordinary group of people. Below is my creative writing piece that was based around the creative writing facilitator’s request “about something that was a favourite thing about ourselves” and I hope you find it humorous as well – remembering that a good laugh about one’s self can be important! It is titled ‘Favourite Thing About Self’.
No. 1 – MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
Title: "Favourite Thing About Self" My grey hair colour is perhaps my most favourite ‘self’ thing! It’s the only thing that’s gotten better as I have gotten older. The nice perky boobs have diminished and given way to the over-ripe melons that sag and sag. My once-lovely flat belly is now a memory overwritten by a lumpy, bumpy hill that does not flatten out when I lay down. It just sits there reminding me of my middle-aged spread. My once-muscular legs that used to attract all sorts of admiration from both males and females, a noticeable gift from my mother’s DNA, are now always hidden away, under long pants, in shame. My skin that used to be aglow with good health and good looks has slipped away secretly, quietly – never to be found again. And so it goes, as it must -- all that was favourite has been taken by that thief, old age, and I am now left with one thing in exchange for my youth -- my grey hair, a favourite ‘self’ thing! Oops, I forgot. I do like my brain. It’s been working, not better but differently, and I can see that it is going to help me in my ripe, old age. Good bye, good looks and thank you, brain. Prose Poem © Karen Robinson, April 2016
WHAT ADVICE I WOULD GIVE SOMEONE IN A SITUATION LIKE MYSELF
Before we were to finished up this particular session, our creative writing facilitator asked us to write one more creative writing piece. This piece was to be about “what advice we would give someone in a situation like ourselves”. In contrast to my writing piece above, this was a serious and thoughtful piece.
No. 2 – MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
Advice I would give someone in a situation like mine… Keep looking forward when looking back is too hard to bear and look back when you are stronger. Whilst the pain will still be there, it will have hopefully morphed into a bearable medium to work with as time marches on and on. Take a moment in each day to look for something that will bring you some kind of joy, whether it be joy for just a moment or joy for a greater period of time. In time, you will begin to reward yourself by looking for more and more joy in the everyday. And after some considerable time some of your days will be full of joy, and the sadness will only come when you invite it in. Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - April 2016
Written by © Karen Robinson, April 2016
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