“To what once was and to what no longer is. I cannot promise to forget but I can promise to look back less often. Time erodes all memory, even the memory of feeling.”Isa Garcia, Like Lines on A Map
When I saw this book launched and released last year, I knew I had to get it.
I love Isa Garcia’s soul, the moment I heard her the first time on Arriane Serafico’s The Purposeful Creative podcast way back early 2017.
She wields her words so beautifully and puts them together with such grace and careful intention. When I read this book, I was overcome with so much nostalgia, and felt the rush of those fond memories of my own past relationships, with my friends, family, and strangers.
Many, many, years back when I wanted to be a writer, I wish I could have an influence like Isa. The way she writes is something that I loved before. You know how sometimes people make it sound so tedious when they talk about their own thoughts and experiences? In Isa Garcia’s case, she does it in a way that it resonates deeply to your soul, that you get the feeling, that, yeah, I feel that too, that yes, someone’s finally put into words what I’m feeling!
Though, the thing is, I want to be able to do that, too–to have the right words to say what I feel or think, that I don’t have to quote someone else just to express myself.
Sometimes words escape me. Or I don’t know, maybe my thoughts are always in disarray, and it’s only when I have this strong emotion that’s dominating my entire being I am able to really express myself the exact way that I mean to. Does that make sense?
My on and off journaling these past years has helped me to express without holding back, and I think that it’s good, and sometimes I don’t think it’s a good idea, as well? Trying to find that balance is a bit tricky, but that’s why I intend to explore that more here.
I opened this blog to learn and re-learn how to hold and wield my words more carefully and intentionally. I lack in so many aspects that I find and admire in writers that I love, but I will try, with all my might to find my way back in writing, even if it’s just for me.