The storyteller

I have a mini voice recorder skulking in the bottom of a drawer full of whispered secrets; some murmured so quietly they are no more than a spirit’s breath. I still can’t quite fathom how such vast pain can fit into such a small space.

You don’t just tell your story; it tells you. I’ve come to realise this as I have listened back to my voice; sweat forming on my body as yet again I relive the terror of my sight loss.

I’m not quite sure what story I am telling; but I know it is an important one. It is a tale I knew I was going to tell, right from the very beginning.

I ruminate yet again on my situation, on this voyage I have unwittingly set sail upon. The very uniqueness of my experience, its exceptional rarity, is the story.

I ask myself: Why did this happen to me?

And I know the answer is simply; because I know how to tell the story…

Published by Vanessa Potter

I'm Vanessa, writer, speaker and meditation enthusiast. I wasn't always a writer. I used to make annoying TV ads, which I'd still be doing, if I hadn't woken up blind and paralysed one morning in 2012. Yup. It was one helluva wake-up call and I wrote a book about it. That experience turned me into the curious, self-experimenting, brain-obsessed woman I am now. I've just spent the last 3 years practising 10 different meditation techniques as part of a ground-breaking EEG study with Cambridge. Follow me to find out what happened. 'Finding my Right Mind: One Woman's Experiment to put Meditation to the Test, publishing 2021.

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