The world around you is ripe for your examination!
In that examination–both good and bad–it will, should, allow you to use your experiences to create, record, and to allow your experiences to be used to convey, explain or comfort. This will require you to own your ‘and’–accepting what has happened to you, without being defined solely by it.
This will always be the challenge.
There are things which have happened to me that can only be described as horrible or heartbreaking. Yet, they happened to me. However, there are things which are so amazing that happened to me as well. I have to own both, but not being defined solely by either.
This is the power of owning the and.
This is the power of a writer.
Embrace this, and give it to the world.