Some answers to the title question are obvious. Writing is therapeutic. Many OCD sufferers probably keep a journal of their own but have never thought to share. Why, after twenty-five years of OCD, did I decide to share? I started attending my local community college, and in the spring of 2012, I took a required English composition course and discovered that I enjoy writing. Then, during the summer, I took an internet literacy course which taught me how to set up a blog. Voila!
The sharing aspect is another major reason to write. I have already been rewarded for sharing my experiences with others. A reader left a comment on “Not So Neat as a Pin” that contained a valuable suggestion for coping with an unpleasant situation. The reader lines nasty shopping carts with store circulars. Brilliant! I try to put a large item such as a pack of paper towels on the bottom and stack smaller items on top, but I quickly run out of room. I have used the wipes provided by the stores, but sometimes the container they are in looks disgusting itself. I intend to look for the advertisements. It hasn’t been that long ago that I had they very situation come up that is referenced in that comment. I got out of my car at a store, and a lady who had just unloaded her cart offered it to me as she took out her awful, filthy cane from the basket. I smiled, took it, pushed it into the store and parked it, and grabbed a new one.
Sharing allows us to help one another cope. Family members and the media seem intent on finding a cure, but there isn’t a cure for everything. Sometimes finding ways to cope and make each day a little easier is what really counts. That is why I encourage anyone who feels the urge to share their comments. You may help me; you may help someone else. Everyone’s voice should be heard; everyone’s input is valuable.