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Why I’m Motivated to Write My Memoir? This is how I process life.

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Why I’m motivated to write? I come back to my writing every day because I cannot stay away. It is how I process life. Writing helps me understand what has happened and how I feel about it.

I’ve been reflecting on why I’m motivated to write my memoir and realize that I come back to my writing every day because I cannot stay away. It is how I process life. Writing helps me understand what has happened and how I feel about it. My dad’s Norwegian stoicism and our family’s isolation caused by his alcoholism prevented much communication with anybody, in or out of the family. I turned to writing to “talk” to someone. I wrote letters to any relatives and pen pals who would write back, and who I felt were my friends.

As I now write my memoirs, every memory I write about teaches me something new about myself and how I’ve become the person I am. When I started my memoir, I began to forgive myself for self-defeating behaviors I could not overcome. Re-living events buried for years has brought tears, but it has helped me let go and be a less fearful, ashamed, and workaholic person. Writing is the best thing I do for myself.

This relief is why I’m motivated to write.

As I wrote of the chaos in our alcoholic home, I knew I must read all I could about Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoAs). This was a new term to me, and I, who had always felt different, found others like me. The distorted life vision and coping skills I had developed were like those most ACoAs develop to survive–the basic rules of don’t talk, don’t feel, don’t trust. I read memoirs of ACoAs and data from their therapists, and I came to believe I could be healed, too. I joined a church, one of my father’s taboos, and found a caring community for the first time in my life. There I was invited to be all I could be and share the talents and gifts in music I had kept hidden.

I wish I had known what I know now when I was a young adult just out of an alcoholic home, at the age most of us make important life decisions. I write my story to reach out to other ACoAs and COAs (Children of Alcoholics still living at home), that they might discern unhealthy survival skills they have learned and how it can sabotage their future. If they don’t learn to assess this in themselves, it is highly likely the home they develop will be similarly dysfunctional, even without alcoholism present.

Why I’m motivated to write is a wish to preserve our family story and all it has to teach us. I want to break the cycle for my daughters and their children. When I saw some of my ACoA patterns in my daughters, I was horrified. My husband and I gave our girls an alcohol-free home, loving and affirming, and still, it had not kept the beast away. I shared my writing with my girls, and we have talked of these things for the first time ever. My writing has helped us walk together in a journey of awareness, courage, and hope that we can break the cycle and find healing together.

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One Response to Why I’m Motivated to Write My Memoir? This is how I process life.

  1. Joseph Skinkis at #

    My mother was an alcoholic so your article was well felt. I too fell into the beast.

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