|Mystery Mail ;) |
(Tell me your secret identity so I can brag about you.)
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?*
This question came as a surprise to me. I mean, who would even ask such a question? I can't even imagine a life without all of us people judging other people. Often. And vocally. I said as much to some Story Sessions friends at a recent write-in. Why can't I even imagine that world?
Here is what I wrote:
"Someone convince me.
Someone please tell me that life will not always be
the courtroom it exists as today.
35 years is a long, long time to carry this heaviness.
It is a terribly long time to censor my words so I can use
my emotional energy for breathing life into the world,
instead of defending myself against flying debris of sharp corrections.
Judgment causes death.
Each time the sentence is passed
that I have not been smart enough,
outraged at the latest issue enough,
something that once fluttered alive inside me dies.
I slowly disintegrate into a pile of sticks and stones
that will one day become
Well, I have changed my mind a little since then. It only took one very powerful letter (see above). One piece of mystery mail has planted a seed of hope in my imagination, and I'm thinking maybe, just maybe, the world will not always feel like a courtroom. Thanks, mystery mailer. I know you know I know who you are. Much love!
*Prompt attributed to story coach Sarah McCarten.