I’ve been on a journey, as many of us have, for the last few months. Diving deeper into knowledge needed for my career, and seeking out more opportunities to learn about myself, and there are these questions that I have started to piece together answers for.
For me, there has been a lot of exploration of my body; how I feel about it, what I’ve been told about it, how it moves through the world, and what I know about it now. I’ve written about this a lot. The most complicated relationship a woman has is with her body. We keep things so quiet, so secret; as we’ve been taught. My hope is that we can start to share those things.
I want to take you on this journey too. I want you to participate in discussions with me, and other people in our community (both global and local) about these things. At the beginning, I’ll tell you my own story. At the end of this month, I turn 36. That’s a lot of complicated time with this shell that I am walking around in. My hope is that friends, friends of friends, and so on will want to participate in telling their own stories too.
My decision to become a therapist grew out of my want to become a storyteller. (Which is also why I have a theatre and art degree..there was a method to my madness in hindsight.) I’ve spent the last almost nine years being a “story keeper”, and it’s now the time to change the tides a bit and become a story teller.
Once a week, for the next few weeks, I start sharing my own story and experiences with my body. (And I’ve asked a friend to check in with me to make sure I start what I finish. Thanks, Robbie!) I’ll be making art, some photography, and maybe even videos to go along with these stories. This is a project I have wanted to do for a long time and it feels like the right time to start.