The Timeline Project

The idea behind The Timeline Project started in a block of counselling session I had before Christmas. The original timeline looks like this:

I wrote down titles and we talked about them and I mentioned at the time that I’d like to delve a bit deeper into some of the stories. Unfortunately I had finite time with the counsellor so I thought about writing things down instead. I then failed to get around to it. So this is me getting around to it. I’ve got literally hundreds of things that I want to think about, write down, dissect and put to rest. Ultimately it’s about documenting what has made me who I am now. Kind of like a memoir, except I am still a work in progress, so it won’t all just be history.

The point of publishing everything online is twofold: I’m interested in how many of my experiences aren’t unique to me – I look at some of the things that have happened to me and consider that I’ve been incredibly unlucky, but actually, perhaps this is how everyone grows up. I wonder how many people out there feel just like I did – like life was out to get them and everyone else had an easier time of it. And secondly, I’d like to hope that you, the reader, can find solace in my words. I’ve met so many people over the last year in situations every bit as difficult as mine and they are thriving, just as I intend to. And just as you can, I hope.

8 responses to “The Timeline Project

  1. You’re not alone with having a rough time, everybody goes through that at least once (or more just like me) Life is always out to get me and I have to push myself to keep going and keep doing stuff that I love and that I find happiness in. That’s why important to keep the good stuff in your mind and not the negative (what I also do a lot)
    I’m anxious to read more and a big hug to you!
    x Rose

  2. We are all a work in progress. If we were all perfect, hunky dory and sorted in the head, there would be no great works of literature. Of music. No life. I try to think as Rose does – keeping the good things at the forefront of my mind, but I still do occasionally dust off that little rusty box on the highest shelf where all the negative thoughts are kept. I hope this blog will be the oiling and care for your rusty box.

    (obvs. not a naughty euphemism…)
    LP x

    • You’ve totally hit the nail on the head there – I’ll almost certainly touch on it later but not all “negative” emotions are really bad for us. Sometimes they’re there to remind us of what we’ve lived through. And sometimes it’s *awesome* to look at what you’ve lived through. đŸ˜€

  3. Seeing 2011 leave me behind was such a relief. It felt like I left a lot of negativity behind. I hope it’s true that I have. And I can’t wait to read about how much more we have in common, because feeling less alone is the only thing that keeps me together at times. xoxo

  4. Life is difficult. I think everyone has their troubles and everyone has the lowest moments and everyone has their peaks. I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with so many in one go; I have too. But it’s human to struggle, and it’s human to work it out, and it’s human to come out having learned something… and I think all of the above will be true for you, sooner or later.

    Also, that timeline sure begs a lot of questions! I’ll be following along with great interest.

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