Writing is an incredible process. It has the power to heal me like nothing else I have ever experienced. When I write, the pain inside me is taken apart, one piece at a time, and given to the page in front of me. I wrote my first book during a three month period when I was home recovering from surgery. I wrote about my struggles with OCD, depression, and fear. I wrote about years of molestation, neglect, and bullying. I wrote about having my heart broken, feeling alone in the world, and constantly fighting suicide. But more importantly, I wrote about the power of belief, trust, and hope. I wrote about letting go, moving on, and choosing to love life for all it is made of. Sometime during the three months I wrote, a storm damaged a tree outside my window. The tree had to be taken down. I finished the last chapters of my book to the sound of branches falling to the ground. Each piece of the tree was cut smaller and smaller, some parts even shredded. By the time I finished writing, the tree was gone. It had been taken down one branch at a time, while the most painful moments of my life lay on the pages before me.
Craig is an award winning author, speaker, and photographer and was featured in the S-Word Documentary. You can learn more about Craig and his work at ThisIsHowItFeels.com.