Today I presented a memoir writing workshop at the 12th Annual Peer Conference at the NYU Kimmel Center. The title of the session was Write Your Story to Heal Your Self.
I firmly believe everyone can be creative. The premise of my workshop was that you can heal the self-stigma by writing your story.
Michael Jackson sang in “Man in the Mirror” that if you want to change the world you first have to change yourself.
Healing yourself is the start of healing the planet.
I told attendees that I healed via self-expression using art forms. My love of music, writing, books, and fashion helped me heal.
Here I’d like to reprint the questions listed on page 2 of the handout I gave attendees.
Feel free to Write Your Story to Heal Yourself using these Qs as a guide:
You’re a true original.
How do you define yourself?
Language is power. Written and verbal communication are a playing field.
Whoever controls their self-definition has the power to create their future.
A fortune cookie message tells us:
The sure way to predict the future is to invent it.
Here are some questions to get you thinking.
Jot down whatever comes to mind after reading them.
What is your diagnosis? How old were you when you received it?
How did your life change after the diagnosis?
What is it you don’t like about having a mental health issue?
In what way has good come of living in recovery?
What’s better about your life now?
Write about something you have that the illness didn’t take away.
Write about an event that was one of the happiest times in your life.
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
What do you like about yourself?
What makes you a true original?
What’s your favorite color and why?
What are you the proudest of in your life?
To sum up write a six-word memoir. Use only six words to talk about yourself and your life.