There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Maya AngelouAnyone who leaves Laestadianism becomes a stranger in two worlds, and no matter how well prepared we are, it can be painful. After all, as humans we are social animals, with a primal need to bond and seek stability in relationships. Research in neuroanthropology indicates that separation from social bonds is felt as a biological assaults. We experience the pain physically -- just we would from a broken arm or leg.
No wonder leaving can be traumatic. By forging new connections and sharing our stories, we can help ourselves heal -- and let others know they are not alone.
Please consider sharing your story here. Don't be concerned about your writing abilities or whether your story is "interesting." And you don't need to wait until you are further along in your journey or until certain questions are settled.
We are all works in progress, always.
Confidentiality is respected and pen names can be used.
You might begin by responding to these questions:
- What compelled you to leave?
- How has leaving shaped your life and relationships?
- What would you like others to know about the journey out?
You can email your story (or ideas for a story) to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org