Why I Write
Written by
Debra Walkenshaw
April 2017
Written by
Debra Walkenshaw
April 2017

I have always wrote something, since I was a teenager. Poetry, diary, letters, thoughts & feelings, and such. I never really gave it much thought as to why at the time. I have had a hard life, and sometimes I could only write my feelings in my head, because I couldn’t slow down enough to put them on paper. Slowing down or stopping was one of my biggest fears.


The older I got, the more I became comfortable with my inner voice. I had things to say that I could write about, but the words could not come out of my mouth. I still needed to keep them hidden from the rest of the world, for fear of judgment.


In 2011, an event took place, something shifted. What should have been a tragedy, became an epiphany for me. A freedom. A sense of hope. A newfound confidence. A realization that I had always been a fighter, with more courage than I ever knew. I was going to be okay.


After several years of counseling, I have accepted who I am, and the journey that has gotten me here. I finally have the confidence to control the demons in my life, without fear of their wrath. I accept who I am, and the path I have taken. You see, demons have a way of bringing you down, that is their goal. They want control over your life, at any cost! And I mean at any cost! Demons get their name because they live in fear; fear of being discovered. I found I am stronger than the demons in my life.


I am a survivor of abuse. I use the term a bit loosely, as abuse comes in many forms. I write to find closure. The closure that I cannot find by confronting my demons directly, as they are in denial. I write to hear my own voice that was silenced for so long. I write because I have learned that I am not alone. Others have similar stories as mine, but may not yet be strong enough. I want to let others know that they are not alone, as I had once felt. I am a writer, and I have a voice.


Debra Walkenshaw

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