Today I wanted to share the journal writing technique of writing from different perspectives.
Have you ever found yourself considering a major decision in your life but unable to make it?
The technique of writing from a different perspective is placing yourself in the situation and writing about it from that vantage point. In regards to attempting to make a decision, one would write from the perspective as if nothing changes and then alternately write from the vantage point of if the decision was made. Taking this perspective allows one to view things from all directions.
Another direction to take the technique of Perspective writing is to consider the point of view of another person or place. This can often help in regards to gaining a better understanding of why a person views life and thinks as they do.
I wanted to discuss writing from different perspectives when I saw today’s Write or Day Wednesday prompt was What Period would you have liked to have lived?
I’ve truly never felt that I was someone who was born in the wrong decade. I have friends who would certainly fall into the beliefs and fashions of the 60’s and other friends who prefer the music of the 50’s. However, I’ve always been happy with the time frame in which I was currently living.
As a social worker, I’ve been educated in regards to the decades of ills and oppression of each decade. I look back at each time and see the struggles of women in gaining the rights to their own bodies, of establishing a place in the workplace. I think of the horrors of segregation and the heroic measures of those who fought for rights.
I am grateful for all of those who have come before me. I am thankful for the women who were strong enough to stand up and fight for rights.
This isn’t to say that I can’t see wonderful things about various decades. I’m simply grateful for the modern advantages of where I am at now.
In what time period would you have liked to have lived?