The Power of Words

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

It has been proven by science, empirical evidence, and personal experience - writing heals. I don't know the exact mechanism through which our brains engage in said activity, and then slowly starts rewiring itself to get us to a better place than we were in when we started. But, all I know is, it does.

A few years ago I read the book "Option B" by Sheryl Sandberg, and through verifiable research, she demonstrates the immense power writing can have, especially once it becomes a habit. But, for me, it is not only writing that has a transformative power, it is also reading, speaking, listening, and engaging with language and with words.

Language is powerful. Words are powerful. They can build up and they can destroy. Through reiterative use, words can shape entire societies and generations. A simple word can mark our identity and quite literally define our future.

I've been obsessed with words ever since I can remember. I've been an aspiring writer for far longer than I'd ever care to admit out loud, and I've been an avid reader from the moment I picked up "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Stringing words that convey often 'unconveyable' feelings is my absolute favourite thing. The satisfaction of finishing a poignant sentence releases levels of endorphins in my brain no piece of chocolate ever has. I love painting pictures, poking hearts, challenging, making someone nod in understanding, or even making someone feel embraced and understood with a simple stroke of my keyboard. And, in equal measure, I love feeling that way through someone else's ideas, whether written or spoken.

Engaging with words - with the right words - can slowly, but surely, begin to reshape how we define who we are, where we come from, and where we're going. I hope you'll join me in this journey of discovery, reflection, awareness and healing through words.


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