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TalkShop Therapy through Stories: Healing by Sharing

By: Martin Jamoralin / Banker

Martin in Black

2015 was a bad year for me, though not the worst. That title still belongs to 2013 – it was the worst year. It’s a year that was mostly filled with moments of rejections. If I were to describe the year 2015 in just one word, that would be “disappointment.”It made me realize how lost I really was, that I was nowhere near the person I envisioned myself to be, and I had no idea as to what kind of person I really wanted to become.  Still, I was too proud. I didn’t share with my family and friends the struggle that I was going through. A part of me had already given up, I abandoned some of the hobbies which I used to be passionate about, and I also pushed away some of the closest people to me. I have become the person that I dreaded to be, a loser.

Sometime around July of that year, as I was spending time at my favourite book store, I came across a flyer of “Talkshop”. I found the courses being offered interesting, so I took a copy by impulse. It wasn’t until November when I finally decided to enroll myself in one of the courses. I was really nervous during the first day of class, as I didn’t have an idea what to expect. I have chosen “Creative Writing” as my course for what I believe is the silliest of reasons. I was simply afraid that I was going to make a fool once the class finally begins. I was surprised to find that the class wasn’t just informative, but also interactive, as there were lots of writing activities involved right from the start.

As I was writing, I noticed that the stories I wrote were mostly composed of my current life struggles. I didn’t mind sharing my story. In fact, there was a part of me that feltgood putting them on paper. I also found out that some of my classmates were also going through tough times in their lives. After sharing our work with one another, it made me realize that I wasn’t alone after all. The experience had me recognize that it wasn’t just the learning I was after, that I took the course also for the purpose of healing.

It is now 2016, that I decided to write this article. I have yet to find my footing in life, but the difference now is that I have a far better perspective about dealing with my pain. Thinking about it now, the past year wasn’t that bad after all, it served as a wakeup call, a year that had me realize that life is far from over. It was when I learned that it’s ok to share your stories with others, and by simply sharing, you can let go of the pain that’s been bottled up inside you.

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Posted by Sheila Viesca
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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