Monday, July 23, 2007

Living Life One Step at a Time

You know, life can be really something. You have people come into this life for various reasons and purposes, but some just stand out a little more than the others, you know?

I've preached about soul mates and explained the different kinds and this post today has to deal with one particular soul mate, a karmic soul mate, named Jamieson Wolf.

Now, Jamieson Wolf is a member of my online writing group and has many books out and coming out this year, and he's also one of my partners in Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

But, what people do not know is that Jamieson is fighting a disease called cerebral palsy. Although to converse with Jamieson, you'd never know it.

He directed me to his blog today, appropriately called One Step at a Time. Not because he wanted to complain or to have people feel sorry for him, but to show what life is like with the disease.

I'd like to quote a piece from his blog post today:

"I don’t want to be a bother to others, I don’t want to dampen them down, bring them down to my level. I don’t want them to have to feel what I feel; I need to keep it within my skin, to keep it to myself, rather than see the pain that is in their eyes."

Is that the most incredible writing you have ever seen?

Now, he probably doesn't want me mentioning this, but this blog touches on a memoir he is writing. I told him if this memoir is anything like the blog, he's got a bestseller on his hands.

But, the thing is, memoir writing is hard. I'm doing it myself and I'm finding that you are transported back to those times you'd just like to forget. But, that's what good memoir writing is all about. Put those words out on that paper and be done with it. You may go through many, many, months of feeling depressed while writing it, but if it is something that needs to be written and should be written, you've got to bite the bullet and just do it.

This is your legacy. This is what people are going to remember you by. If you don't put those facts that caused you great pain at the time, it's not worth writing. We don't want a glorified version of your life. We want to hear the real story because that's human nature. How many memoirs made you cry? These are the ones that you'll long remember, even years after putting the book down.

So, Jamieson, if you're reading this, you've got to keep on. Even as much as it pains you to do it, your story has to be told. I feel it and you know when I feel these things, things happen. ;o)

Everyone, go check out his blog at http://jamiesonwolf.wordpress.com/ and leave a comment for him. He's a wonderful person and someone you will hear a lot about very soon.

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1 comment:

  1. It's not too surprising. People with milder forms of cerebral palsey usually have no difficulties with their brains. It's usually just the body that they have a hard time getting to cooperate.

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