“As I stood alongside one of the local campdraft canteen helpers, wiping dishes as she washed, she looked across at me and asked “Tracey, are you writing another book?”
“Actually, Yes! I am.”
“Oh I can’t wait to read it,” she said, and began telling me that after she read my recent book the first time, “I had what my husband calls a mid-life crisis.” (“You read it more than once?” I asked, incredulous.)
She prefers to think of it as a ‘pre’ mid-life crisis. She described sitting on her back veranda, in tears, angry and hating herself, asking what the hell she was doing with her life… and she told me that what I wrote in my book When Your Superpower Becomes Your Kryptonite gave her a nudge. She has now enrolled in a course and has decided that when her kids go off to boarding school in just a couple of years, she’s going to university to get a physiotherapy degree.
It turns out my book is moving people, connecting people. I doubt there are any sweeter words in the world.
This time last year I was deep in the writing of that book. I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to write a book, let alone self-publish. Yet, here it sits beside me. My mantra has now become ‘I don’t know how to do this, but I’m doing it anyway’, because I love how I feel when the thing is done – empowered, strong, unrestrained, and so connected to my best self.
Continue to read Tracey’s story in the first edition of Honestly Woman magazine.