Being a 32-year-old writer is complicated.
I am learning to master language (though I am far, far from mastery, to be clear), and I know how to wield words: I honor people with my words and I hurt people with them too.
At 32, I have more grace for others than at any other point in my history. But I am also the freest I have ever been, and so I exercise sharing my voice more than ever before.
Let’s just say that all of these factors mean that I have a lot of weapons on me and also a lot of cure. I am still so far from knowing how to use these resources rightly.
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Seems to me you are doing a great job using your words, Jackie!
The good news is that, like fine wine, your writing (as good as it is) will only get better with age.
You’re one of my biggest writing encouragements, so I’d say you are using those words well…to cure. Been thinking a lot about what you said about getting out of my own way. It’s helping!
I’m write there with ya, sister!
Yes, words can heal and hurt. I think you’ve got the healing going on, Jackie!