Yes, I am proud of Passions. Very much so.
For many reasons. As far as the moderator programs go, personally, I am not able to participate right now (for personal reasons) and that's ok. What I want to say is I believe that poetry is a contribution also, in some ways, many ways. Even on our worst days. I've had a few of those but then everyone has. When I first came here I held back in my writing. Well, I didn't want to really "write" what I was feeling. I thought that was wrong for whatever reason. I had been taught that to express my true opinion was not allowed.
Then over time, I realized through reading so many people and I love to read you all, that others are more open. I always thought I was open but I wasn't in my writing. I was afraid to express.
Then as I began expressing and digging I became angry with myself for having the feelings and putting them into poetry.
But without them the words are shallow.
My early poetry was very sentimental, life as I wanted it to have been, not how it was.
Slowly, it began to come out. There have been times I have regretted that for no one really wants to be read in a poor light. But...I would do it again, I guess to get to where I am today.
Writing helps a person see themselves for the first time.
But it's more than the writing, it's the feedback and a person touching you with their words. Knowing someone read, maybe they relate, maybe they weep or smile. Anything to show we are alive, have emotion.
Even when it hurts as it so often does.
And if something comes out in a poem or our own writing that needs to be dealt with what we must do is realize that only we can deal with it. It's not others place to fully understand and if we are emotional, well, we need to deal with it or not write at all.
I don't know if this is making any sense.
Let me say in closing that the thing I am most proud of Passions for is their tolerance. Everyone is allowed to write about their beliefs, their ideals, whatever
in a respectful way, or they should.
It's a place that allows a person to grow.
Without judging. This forum I think or anyone anywhere is as good as the people in it. I can't think of anyone here who hasn't shown me love and compassion when I desperately needed it.
Maybe at times I didn't appreciate that enough, or see it. Sometimes a person is too embarrassed for whatever reason.
I just know I'm thankful I can still be a part of it.