Today I read a post that I have to share. The title is “Nickle Lauritzen and the Afterlife” written on “One Boy’s Way of Knowing“. This is an inspirational story about a friend with a terminal illness, a boy with autism, and a man brave enough to love them both honestly.
This story was so touching and moved me to tears. When I write, I am always trying to connect with the reader. I want to make them feel every emotion so strongly that they will carry a bit of me with them always. “Stories that stick with you”…right?
So why is that so hard? Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to write something great, that I forget how much I enjoy writing something honest. I lose that edge that made me want to tell the tale to begin with. While I am struggling to create an action packed climax, filled with dramatic explosions, and hero who have all the answers, real life is slipping by me. I love to write because I want people to see me. To notice that I am here now and to remember me later on. (Even if it’s the smell of dead worms that reminds them- I’ll take it!)
Nickle made me realize that I am not going to write the best story by trying to create the most dramatic twist I can give it. Sometimes the hero slips away…one breath at a time. Sometimes the legacy they leave behind is not a cure for pain, but a friend to help us cope with it.
I am sorry I didn’t get to know Nickle in real life. I would have liked to have been her friend. I am glad her story was told though. It reminds me we all have something to share.
Thanks for reading- Talyn Marie
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