I believe words matter. Voices matter. While we may not all be in agreement about how to reform this thing called adoption, or see eye to eye on how to approach search and reunion, or be in the same place in our journeys, we all have stories to share. We can, as the saying goes, “take the meat and leave the bones.” Unless, like me, you don’t eat anything that has a brain. For us, the saying might be “enjoy the orange but spit out the seeds”?
I believe writing is a great form of therapy, also. By writing our stories we learn about ourselves, we take the pain and confusion, put the emotion on paper, and can then integrate those experiences into our larger narrative.
I think reading other peoples writing can be very therapeutic as well. More than one adoptee has shared with me how impactful they found reading fellow adoptees blogs and memoirs and articles.
There are many, many blogs available on-line. The abundance can be overwhelming. My goal here is not to provide an exhaustive list. I simply, can’t. I am bound to leave someone out, not from dislike but from ignorance. I welcome readers to provide additional blog information in the comments. I will add them to the list as I have time.
A final note: if you are touched by something you read; encouraged, feel seen, or have the answer to a question, please let the blogger know. Laying themselves out there for others to see can be a very scary endeavor. Many bloggers write from a sense of compulsion, from a desire to help, from a need for validation or curiosity. Whatever the reason, hearing kind feedback may be the one thing that person needs to keep going, keep stretching and growing, keep navigating these tricky waters.
Thank you, and happy reading!