Connection is key to a rich, fulfilling human existence. Feeling a connection to something allows a person to share a piece of herself. This, “sharing of oneself,” is essential from little on.
“Mama, I want a hug.” This is a common request from my two-year old daughter. “Mama, scratch my back, please.” This is another one that has frequented itself. (I can’t even be annoyed. Who doesn’t love having their back scratched?)
“Babe, when you walk past me, can you please touch my back?” My husband’s love language is touch. He admits he can be needy at times, but I actually really appreciate that about him. I can tell when I haven’t connected with him in a while. He becomes easily aggravated and at times, impatient. I understand. When I feel disconnected to someone or something, I am not my best self either.
“Honey, let’s go for a walk and talk about life.” This one is all me. My way of connecting with others is through words. I’m a word girl. I love having deep conversations. I crave rich poetry that inspires me to think, believe, say, or do. I love doing crossword puzzles or playing scrabble. I love dreaming together with my husband and discussing life goals. I love reading. I even love singing. I am a word girl. On that same token, words hurt me most. My most devastating moments in life were when someone verbalized disbelief in me. “You can’t do that.” “You are not good enough for that”…etc. Nothing can disconnect me more quickly than a harsh comment.
This community of writers has connected with me. I see other people that thrive on using words to express themselves. I feel a part of something meaningful. I feel a part of something powerful. I feel a strong connection to this community. I feel connected.
I know that once this challenge has ceased, I will miss it. Don’t get me wrong, writing daily has been exhausting. I am even going to admit to missing a few days.
For now, I will embrace this feeling of connectedness. Moving forward, I hope to be more aware of what others need to feel connected.
Thank you, writing community, for allowing me this privilege to walk with you through this writing challenge. Until we meet again, stay connected.