I began my memoir at sixty years young!
Often excruciating, it was worth every minute.
Do you believe that an examined life is worth living? At sixty-six, my memoir complete, I understood so much more about where I'd been, what happened, and what I chose now.
My life is so worth living!
This blog is dedicated to answering questions about my memoir, sharing insights about prevention, and examining positive pro-active measures against pedophilia. At the Calgary Sexual Health Center, and at most Sexual Health Centers around the world, remarkable supports are available for those who wish to deal with their own sexual abuse issues, those of their children or for their own disturbing inclinations towards children. Today, those finding themselves attracted to children are offered help too. Why not? Personally, I don’t blame or vilify anyone for their mental or emotional compulsions.
I do, however, hold everyone responsible to get the help needed before causing harm.
Many supports are an inside job, too. Your own mind and body will always support healing and betterment.
If, in your writing, you reveal one difficult truth and tackle it well, then your own mind will come to trust that you mean business. As a direct result, you’ll earn your next insight. Once you’ve challenged your dread and told the truth, your own mind will help you to delve to an even deeper level.
If, on the other hand, you avoid truth, your mind will quietly close the door to further revelations. But you'll still suffer.
I found that one page at a time, deeper and deeper layers of my own history occurred to me. While I wept many times, I was never so overwhelmed that I couldn't continue. In fact, I couldn't stop.
The major difference between truth-seeking and burying oneself in denial is that eventually, the person in denial succumbs to the toxic effects of their silencers. Truth-seekers pay a high price too - but eventually, we experience a new kind of freedom, one that is truly triumphant and lasting.