This blog is part of the #365daysofselfcare challenge
Self-care is healing from bad memories by making new positive ones
I’m sad to be heading home from Truck festival today. I never like leaving but this one has been particularly special and particularly hard to leave.
It never ceases to amaze me how life presents you with just what you need at just the right time, even when you didn’t realize what you needed! I almost didn’t attend this festival, having surgery canceled meant I could attend after all and it turns out I really needed this time here. I’ve been reminded of something I learned early on in recovery from a friend in the AA fellowship. That is to rewrite your bad times by revisiting old places and making new positive memories.
I had forgotten how healing doing this is. I thought I had done all the healing I needed from my previous relationship, which ended over two years ago now. However, being here has shown me that I still had some things to let go of. Truck festival has always been special to me, I’ve attended it since its 10th year, and it was also the first festival I returned to sober and clean. To come back, to spend time with friends here, to laugh, to dance, has allowed me to reclaim this space as mine.
When we can return to a place from the past and imprint new, positive memories, it is such a powerful catalyst for healing and forward growth.