What A Woman Wants (audio)

Hello out there, how are you doing? I am thinking of you, wondering with you what will today bring? What is today? What day is this day. And what I felt like sharing today is so far away from what I usually share. It is a sort of behind the scenes of my creativity, my process, my writing, my craft, my art. I have been wanting to reach out in so many multiple directions lately but I keep cutting myself off because, well I don’t even know why exactly, I guess I had it in my head that a writer or a creator should have a certain bend, like be a certain kind of writer, only write certain things about certain topics in certain ways. But then that feels boring to me, I think that’s the thing, I do get bored. I have liked to evolve over time, delving into new things when the old things feel limiting, new ways of expression.

But anyway I was reflecting on the topic of women and desire. I think because the days stretch out right now like blank pages you can fill with anything you want. But what do I want? Like you can do anything, but what do you want to do. Not what you have to or should do but what is it that I want to do? Want to study? Want to create? Want to try?

I did this weird thing where in my journal I took a whole full page and just wrote the words “I want” over and over and over until the word ‘want‘ seemed like it didn’t even mean anything, you know how that happens? If you keep saying or writing a single word over and over somehow your brain goes numb to it. So ‘want’, I had to remind myself how to spell it but I kept writing it until I filled the entire page. I didn’t write what I want, because I don’t know what I want. I really don’t. As long as I can remember I have been full of longing, a need, a feeling like something in me is begging me to get it something, do something to fulfill it. Soothe it. Hear it, listen to it, turn toward it. Look at it. But I do not know what it wants me to do, I don’t know what it wants.

I wonder if this is because I am a woman who grew up as a little girl hungry to express, to create, to pour forth. I was taught subtly and directly, right, not so subtly, too be small, quiet, still, grateful for whatever I got. I was taught not to be hungry. Not to ever want, and certainly not to ever want more. I was taught that my desires, my true human desires, were ‘bad.’ I was taught that to want was greedy. If you want nothing, you are easier to be around. Not wanting is nice. Not wanting is sweet, kind, loving. Not wanting is good. Wanting is bad. And so now, and for as long as I can remember, when someone, some motivational, inspirational someone whoever it may have been, when they said to me Dream or Desire or Imagine… I would have a very hard if not impossible time doing so. I would shut down, go blank, go numb. I have been unable to Dream because I don’t allow myself to want. I have often been unable to name, seek, or explore my Desire because what I want is considered by some to be bad and bad is not allowed. If you want to be loved, you have to be good. I have been unable to Imagine because imagination means conjuring up what you want inside your mind.

But now in this alone time, this extended alone time, I have decided I want to want what I want, and I want to know what it is that I want. So I wrote in my journal ‘I want’ a thousand consecutive times just to feel the words in myself. Just to get them out onto the page, make them real in the real tangible world. To break through to myself and my want, my desire, my hunger, my need, my ache, my essence. I do not have the answer yet to this inner restlessness, this inner question “Allison, what do you want? What do you want your life to be? What do you want to do with yourself? What is your most burning desire?”

But I am hoping that by preparing the way, by repeatedly making it okay to say I want, over and over, my desires will break through and show themselves to me. And because I will be ready, I will touch them, feel them, hear them, listen to them, turn toward them. Accept and welcome and cherish and act on them. Make them real.


17 Replies to “What A Woman Wants (audio)”

  1. Dear Allison. This coronaviras making us think. I believe we have time to create. Write the epic novel. I am still working and I started writing two. I doing the greatest mistake a writer can do. Hemingway told us. Write one thing, stop at open ending and finish the project . Then begin a new one. Maybe time for you write the great novel.

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    1. I love this guidance by Hemingway, and I wish you well in all you are doing during these difficult times. I agree we have increased time to create. Though some days my head is just a mess with too many thoughts. πŸ™‚ But we are each doing the best we can.

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  2. I never really expressed how much I like this one. I can’t even explain why. Instead of commenting, I think I’m just going to leave you poetry from now on. And you can shoot me later.

    Every poem
    sounds the same after a while.
    A gentle urge for you to understand
    without anybody forcing you to.
    Every poem is saying
    I love you
    I love you, I love you, I love you.
    Even when it only says
    This flower has bloomed,
    this sharp, red flower.
    This flower that eats me.

    β€” Emery Allen, β€œThis Flower That Eats Me.”

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      1. Honestly, I think this is my favorite piece of yours. Although I’m sure you wrote it out first, hearing you read it out loud was like listening to you thinking out loud, I guess. It’s difficult to explain. Not only what you wrote & how you wrote it but it was like being in the room with you, or speaking to you on the phone. I’m blind, Allison. I cannot read Like I would like. Like other people do. I hear things differently than most people. I have very acute hearing, I pick up on things differently. I can’t explain it. What you wrote is profound, but I also found it emotionally moving. Okay. I’ll shut up now.

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        1. This comment means so much to me, thank you very deeply and much for sharing all of this, Charles. Everything you say makes perfect sense to me, just as you describe, even if I do not know exactly what it is to experience a life of blindness. To know that I can pierce a sort of veil, to be seen in a way that does not require physical eye sight, that is so touching to me. I really am grateful that you let my words in. Thank you so very much. I like doing these kinds of pieces, more a thought process, a thinking aloud, as you say. You are a very perceptive person. πŸ™‚ ❀

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