Seeing a life in decades. Each 10 years full of different struggles, challenges, life lessons.
And along the way, life-changing moments reveal the power of our choices, dreams, wishes, needs. That lead us in one direction or another. Conscious or unconscious.
Sometimes it’s an accumulation of small lessons that become a momentous catalyst. Where one can’t run, ignore, or hide any longer. And not one of us is exempt from challenges that flip our world upside down.
If we’re paying attention we gain a new perspective, a realization, an awakening, an admission.
Writers love to draw insights from our own experiences. Yet memories are tricky. I know that every time I recall my own life events I’m editing and modifying them. Which allows me to change both how I perceive an event and my experience of it.
A narrative crafted in reflection can be compelling enough to give us courage to do what scares us. Like putting a story out into the world.
“Crossed Lines” is one of those for me.