I thought long and hard about why I was writing Being Brain Healthy before I started but once the process began I pushed that question so far out of my world. 

The question came up again, after the fact, as part of an interview I did for the amazing author and blogger Doreen McGettigan.  And so did a whole line of digging just a bit more deeply to fill in the wholes in what I thought I was doing and why!

DMcG: Have you always wanted to write a book or were you compelled to write this one for personal reasons?

REPLY: I remember the day that my freshman English teacher, Mrs. Chang, told me I was good writer. I was shocked. My handwriting and spelling were (and still are) horrendous so I was used to pages filled with red marks and comments about the benefits of taking my time and neatness – nothing beyond the surface and certainly nothing about the quality of my writing. Enter Watergate and Woodward and Bernstein and my passion for writing took another turn. I was going to be a great investigative reporter uncovering the lies and injustices in the world. Life, as it does, eventually led me in a different direction but every job I had involved some kind of writing.  I don’t think I ever saw myself writing a book until recently. This book got in my head a couple years ago and it was not letting go. I started out writing a much expanded version of my blog on brain health, brain healthy lifestyles, and that connection between how we act and how we think. It was good information with great practical, everyday applications but it was not relevant. After some persistent questions and urging from a dear friend’s husband (who is also a treasured friend but she came first), I got it that I had to tell the story of how I got here and to own the fact that the value of my journey was being lost – especially if I just kept it locked up in a safe in my head. There are moments in our lives that feel safer tucked deeply behind the curtain. I was afraid of again finding myself vulnerable and exposed, and that made me horribly uncomfortable. That piece, just like the practical pieces, became something I needed to get out. My accident and the 18 month journey out of the paper bag that was my life poured out and the rest made  sense.



Motivations are often multi-pronged and digging a bit more deeply to examine the roots of a piece of work, a choice, or a life path helps sort through the chaos. 

Try this exercise:  Think about a life choice you made. Now ask yourself Doreen's wise question. 
Have you always wanted to __________________________________ or were you compelled to _________________________  for personal reasons?


Think harder. Explore more.  Fill in the gaps. The process will help you fire up so many pathways in your brain!

 


Comments

04/08/2015 11:15am

As I always say, "Content may be King, but Context is Queen." The facts are fine, but they are not the story. We humans are very linked into storytelling for memory and understanding. Thank you for sharing yours!

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08/15/2015 6:21am

Reading books has many advantages. They develop healthy habits in us.. We can learn lessons and gain knowledge from books. A good book is our ‘friend, it can also serve as our guide in our day to day living. Thanks that there are writers who love to apply their creativity in writing. Reading will still continue and give people more and more knowledge.

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08/17/2015 11:45pm

Love the challenge/exercise at the end. It made me pull my chair back and think for a moment. Thanks for sharing your motivation for writing! It's amazing how powerful story telling or writing is. It doesn't just bless the writer/story teller, it also blesses those who hears/read.

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05/25/2016 7:21pm

I love writing stories. It is my way to express my feelings. I have many writing books in my room. I started writing since College. It motivates me to pursue my career. I want to become a good writer for my co-workers. Writing is not easy. Writing a good story is even harder. I've always read books, blogs and started to write a story about myself. Good writers often break rules, but they know they're doing it.

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04/08/2015 11:45am

Ruth, When all my stones are gone I can fully read, enjoy and be amazed by what I know will be not only an enjoyable book but an informative one. I'm so glad you wrote this post. Thanks for sharing it here. xo

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04/08/2015 12:23pm

It's funny. I ask myself that a lot, and I found that very few things were on the "always wanted to do" ... Mostly one thing led to another and then another. Funny about that.

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04/08/2015 12:30pm

It is such a brave thing to share the story of such a vulnerable time in your life. I have no doubt your story is going to help so many. I am really looking forward to reading it.

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04/08/2015 2:28pm

I know what’s behind the curtain, I looked and I don’t like it, but I think you have to know yourself to view reality unbiased by unexamined thought, so I look occasionally, I used to have fear, but it just a thought, nothing to be afraid of. Funny, you’re not what you think, but you feel how you think, the mind should come with an owner’s manual, so many knobs to turn. I’m also glad to hear that I wasn’t the only kid who didn’t learn to spell in Hammond public schools!

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I have always wanted to act, why haven't I ? Excuses. that's all it boils down too.

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