Perceptions and Insights
A really great story doesn’t just include the events we have experienced and witnessed but shares our insights and perceptions, our feelings and conclusions about what happened to us.
Understanding these more profound thoughts can be very difficult when you are living with the outcomes and effects of a brain injury. It can be enough of a struggle just understanding necessary information about a moment, let alone considering our more complex or higher thoughts.
It can help to give yourself time and space, to think about what came to you as hindsight as this will often provide more clues about the more in-depth details.
Trusting ourselves after a brain injury can also be causal in avoiding spending time in purposeful contemplation. We can put off reflecting for fear that we are heading down the wrong track and may also be wary of how much confidence we have in our perceptions and instincts.
Our ability to communicate can be fraught with issues caused by cognitive and executive impairment; for example, we may remember one detail among many and miss the greater picture.
Many of us find comfort chatting with our peers and find other people living with brain injury will understand us far better than those around us. So, by sharing your story, there is no need for leeway because your audience will understand the hidden complexities surrounding you.
Insights always feel like a little bell has gone off in our head. They happen when we reach new realisations about something we have been pondering on, and the penny finally drops into the slot.
An example might comprise of long-held deliberations about something that was said or done that we didn’t understand. Sooner or later, a similar event happens, and this gives us another perspective or allows us to broaden our point-of-view.
These are the moments where we gain extra insight into how our cognitive and executive impairments make it difficult for us to keep up with the pace of life, and these are the ah-ha moments that help shift other people along when they read about them.
The main thing to remember when you write anything connected with your journey is that you are writing at the moment in time.
Writing might help you to think in different ways and can be cathartic, so what we thought when we started explaining something may not be the same as when we finish.
All of this is okay. Whether you just want people to know about your journey or rehabilitative pathway that is fine, but if you are further out and realise you have insights that will help others, this is great too. It is your story, and there is no rush.
Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and allow the process to be therapeutic because this should be for you too.
If you end up with something you would like to share or would simply like some feedback on then please, get in touch!