Thursday, September 27, 2012

Breaking Through


To a surprising extent, being exposed to prolonged trauma holds us back.  This is especially true when the trauma is comes from the outside, beyond our control.  We see this in Pages in the Wind as Emily contemplates how to venture out, now that she is turning eighteen.

I envisioned myself walking on a sideway, day after day, and never going anywhere because I can’t cross the street.  I want to cross, but I can’t.  The oncoming cars are everywhere, one after another, and they’re speeding so fast I can hear the repetitious sound of tires and wind as one flows into another in steady procession.  It’s too dangerous to cross, so I stay on the sidewalk where I know I’m safe.  I desperately want to go somewhere, any destination that gets me off the sidewalk to a place where I can be happy.  Even if the destination doesn’t turn out to be the right place for me, at least I could find out.  I wouldn’t have to stay here, I could cross the street again and find something else.  If I could get off the sidewalk, and cross the street, I could explore the world in front of me.

At first glance, you would think that her dismal surroundings would propel her forward and out of her environment.  In truth, at least for Emily, it does the opposite.  It holds her back from exploring what life has to offer.  As the story unfolds, she will struggle to break through her barriers of fear, and find out what is out there.

6 comments:

  1. Great post and so true. Stress and trauma definitely holds us back, it sure has me. I think that some go in the opposite direction and become risk takers but the majority are like your character Emily. I've been following your blog, would love to know when your book will be out. Great writing.

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  2. Lovely blog, I've been following you for a whle now and your book looks like it's going to be great. I love your characters, they are interesting and multi dimensional.

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  3. thank you for your lovely post and blog. I have had this experience in my own life. It is not easy being in fear and having experienced fear, it's not a place where I want to be.

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  4. I appreciate your take on this issue. It is something Ie struggled with as I'm sure others have also. I hope that Emily can break through, I am definitely rooting for her.

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  5. Never going anywhere because I can't cross the street. Trauma will do that. Emily can cross the street, but she can't. I'm cheering for Emily to take the "can cross" route.

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  6. I love your concept. Looking forward to seeing what develops for Emily.

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