Are you reinventing yourself because of trauma in your life? If so, you and I can relate.
My bucket list, for example, didn’t include writing a blog or creating a website. Although fiction writing topped the list, stories remained elusive. But a single moment rocked my life. Earlier this year, I retired from my paying job, and now write about real and fictional people who’ve faced tragedy and are working to get to the other side.
I’ve learned a lot on my journey, and hope my discoveries resonate with you. I’ve discovered that:
- Tragedy comes in different forms and often in the blink of an eye.
- Reactions vary wildly, from disbelief and anger to deep sadness and regret.
- Many people struggle with moving on and often re-experience the tragedy.
- Tragedy can change or challenge your belief in God.
- Life is forever changed.
From Trauma to Purpose
The weirdest thing for me was how I began measuring time. Events are now remembered pre- and post-tragedy, my own Gregorian calendar. Maybe my mind wants to compare the old me against the new and mark my evolution since the event no one would want to experience.
My attitudes certainly changed. Instead of obsessing over trivialities, like whether my house was clean, I started thinking about life’s meaning.
Everyone has a purpose. No one is random. All have a job to do. That’s why news of suicides—something happening far too frequently today—upset me in ways they never did before. The mourning of strangers has become commonplace. These despairing people denied us their special gift.
No one could have stopped the tragedy that happened to my family. That may be true of you, too. However, we can learn from them and make a difference in someone else’s life.
Promise to You
The goal of this blog, The Accidental Blogger, is to introduce you to others who’ve been traumatized in one form or another. (I’m not an expert on the topic, and don’t pretend to be.) Through their stories, perhaps you can find hope. In addition to interviews with ordinary people and experts, the blog will highlight worthy organizations dedicated to helping people find a place of peace.
The other goal is giving you a platform to share your stories and successes. Someone will likely benefit.
Why the Title?
Before closing, one last word on the blog’s name. Before this journey started, retirement included traveling, gardening (yeah, right), reading five books a week, and cooking. You know the list. Blogging never factored into the equation, but It looks like God had another plan.
The name fit.
Stay in touch. Give me a shout. Contact me.
P.S. The Portal is the working title of my first novel. It isn’t ready for publication, but work continues. If you subscribe to my newsletter, I can update you on its progress, send freebies and share my short stories about ordinary, often colorful people, who push through obstacles and become unheralded heroes—just like you.