I unstopped the dam, I've pulled the plug. Complete avoidance of writing and my more sensible emotions has failed. I just remembered how much I love writing, regardless of who is listening. I love words and the flowing healing that comes from them, no matter how difficult it is to write them. Writing is therapeutic, indeed. I know that I'm breaking all the rules of writing. I know I write so sloppily and passively. I can hear Dr. Clark's grumble if he read my blogs, not because of the content, but because I write so lazily. Passive...oh, yes, I write what's on my mind, and it's such terrible writing. That's why I decided to do journalism and not creative writing. Creative writing requires a lot of thought about placing words perfectly in nicely flowing sentences. If a piece contains grammatical errors or passive voice, it must be planned.
When I write, I'm not good at planning or structuring. Things just come out of my head and onto the paper. They are raw thoughts. In a structured environment, like journalism, it was easier for me to write because journalism is formulaic writing. The inverted pyramid, short concise sentences that get to the point in an active voice--all those things came fairly easy. I miss writing about the facts. I miss interviewing people about their jobs and lives. The haunting hunt of the story looms above my head. What can I say? I was born to be a journalist. Asking questions was firmly ingrained in my soul from the beginning. Just ask my mother. She could tell you of how annoying I was. I always wondered "Why?" and "How?"
You can take the girl out of the newsroom, but you can't take the newsroom out of her. I'm laughing to myself even as I say this. It is my destiny. I will find my way back someday.
Of course, my main interest in writing is how women are treated and abused. I've always told my husband that I feel called to undercover reporting in Europe or even here in the brothels. I want to capture the life of women that are ensnared by the sex trade or abuse. It's important to raise awareness about sex slavery. The more we know about it, the easier we can stop it. This is my true passion. I feel a deep sense of empathy for mistreated women. My heart bleeds with each story I read.
Besides my interest in helping women, I love hearing people's stories in general. Stories from the great generation are my favorite. World War II stories, with or without happy endings, remind me of how dark the world can get, but also that a generation has the power to rise up and meet the evils of the day with strength and perseverance. My generation needs this strength now. I foresee a more difficult time for us in the future. What are we going to do with the given times and circumstances? I hope we rise, but sometimes I feel like we're lost. Just like those after World War I. We're partying and drinking to get away from the misery in our own lives. We're trying to forget about evil, instead of confronting it. It makes me sad. Time will tell which generation we'll be, either the Lost or the Great Generation.