In perusing my Documents folder today, I came across a file with my thoughts from the middle of the night after a particularly horrible day last fall. I’d almost forgotten about the incident(s) that this writing responded to – it was something too personal and interconnected with everything in my life to have been posted in an online journal, where it might have a chance of being let out into the open even if it was originally set so that only I could see it. But I had so much spinning around in my head that night that I needed to get it out, put it down, and step back from it to see what was really going on.
It’s like my own personal pensieve, for all you HP fans.
The funny thing is, as I read through the two pages of writing, I really feel like I’ve fallen into the memory. I can hear and see things that happened that day as if they were still fresh, and I feel all the emotions I felt then. I was deeply hurt, from a direction that I’d never expected. I catch myself worrying about how the other people involved in the incident view the issues at hand now.
I’m anxious and depressed, all because I read something written in the depth of depression and anxiety.
Now, of course, I have to snap out of it and get to work – but I’m amazed anew at the sheer power of words to evoke resonating feeling.