But the truth of the matter is, there are more maps
in the world than anyone can count. Every person
draws a map that shows themselves at the center.
— By Catherynne M. Valente,
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland
Mind-mapping is a method of visually organizing information. As I’ve tried to make sense of how I got where I am so I can finally figure out where I want to go, I decided to literally draw a map of my life with my unadulterated, purest self in the center. I had the intention of having it stretch over decades, but as I started to fill in some of the early things that significantly changed who I am, I discovered just where it is I broke—and how the series of unfortunate events, coupled with parental neglect and disdain shifted my DNA.
Creating this treasure map, uncovering and “pinning” the key events, has been unsettling, particularly in the realization of how many negative things happened in a comparatively short and vulnerable time in my life. For today, I am going to let the pictures speak. When I have processed the knot in my stomach and the tightness in my chest, I think there will be tales to tell and mysteries unraveling.
#Writing 101 | Day18: “With maps, we tell tales about ourselves and the places we come from, that we miss, that we’ve reshaped in our minds. We use maps to identify and explore locations and points in between, to track movements, and to make sense of our lives — past and present.”