I came to visit my Tia Rebecca in New Mexico. I love that she tells me stories about my ancestors. She also shares chisme about my living relatives. Luckily for them, I don’t know them too well. I also don’t judge them. I am just here to listen.
I like learning about their lives and the mistakes they’ve made. I like learning about my family’s triumphs and strengths. The more I learn, the more I am able to see why I am where I am and I can make connections to why, as a family unit, we have certain behaviors.
I tell my Tia that I love to write these stories down. She tells me that we shouldn’t talk about the pain or the horrors that we have experienced.
“The past is the past” she says.
I don’t agree with her. I feel like each generation should learn from the previous generation. I thought of many instances where my life could have been different if I had known a relative who had experienced what I had. Maybe I would have reached out for guidance instead of facing it alone.
This is why I write. This is why I have so many journals. I am excited to learn that one day, when I leave this world, I can leave them to the younger generation to read and to learn about their ancestors.
3 responses to “Write Your Story”
When I read your post, my mind went into a philosophical space. I was thinking poetically, same bones, new flesh. We continue our families’ stories, often not knowing we are repeating them. Good to examine and depart from them, move forward into new choices.
Same bones different flesh. I really like that. I also think that even though there are some stories we are unaware of that we are repeating, each generation is healing especially when a family member or even multiple family members choose to heal.
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Yes, we can choose to heal and that helps heal those around us and change the patterns for the next generation.