I work at pleasin’ me cause I can’t please you …

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs

So, I’m having family drama again, but I really can’t get into it here.

If you’ve read Southern Discomforts for any period of time, you know that I’ve gotten into a good amount of trouble over the things I’ve written about my family in this blog. In fact, my mother’s dying word to me was “heartbroken” because of them, sooo … you can see why I’m hesitant to get into details.

The problem is,  my family stuff is so often my most monumental stuff. These – infuriatingly frequent – instances of discord and distress are the things that shape me, and are the events that I want to explore in my writing. However, the fact that I chose a world-wide arena in which to write leads to issues with some of the folks who appear in my pieces.

Still those very issues that have arisen from my over-sharing are the ones that have set me free, in the way that telling one’s truth tends to do.

As Oprah pointed out in Lesson 6 of her Lifeclass, “Everyone has a calling” and mine is writing. Not just any writing, but specifically personal narratives. What I know for sure is that I was meant to be a memoirist and write about my life, experiences and relationships. What I also know is that the more insane, outrageous and ridiculous the event, the more interesting it is for me to explore as a writer, and hopefully for you to read as my audience.

Now, I’m gonna let this latest drama pass without online exploration, but from now on, folks better be on their best behavior.

3 thoughts on “I work at pleasin’ me cause I can’t please you …

  1. I shudder to think of the f’leigh mentions :)…..the shuddering is not nearly as strong as the pride of being a part of the story!

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