How Jessica Semaan Found Peace through Sharing her Story With Others
Jessica chooses herself. She chooses to love. She chooses to feel and to share those thoughts and feelings with others. Writing has become her peace of mind and despite her circumstances, it gives her sanity and unbelievable joy.
We recently spoke to Jessica Semaan about her love of writing and her journey of self-fulfillment.
Over the past year, how have you amplified your voice as a poet?
I have created space in my life, which allowed me to write 2 - 3 pieces a week. Furthermore, I have begun performing my poetry live, alongside Japanese pianist Ayaka Matsui, across San Francisco. The medium platform has provided me a big reach, as well as the Lebanese community of friends.
What values are deep rooted in you? How do you hold true to your values?
My values are truth, love and creation. I hold them true, by working on myself incessantly. In understanding and accepting myself I am able to live from a place of truth.
When I say love, I refer to the universal, unconditional love. I honor this value by addressing what comes in the way, which is fear, by removing the barriers that are coming in the way of loving fully. The barriers are anchored into old trauma my body carries, by healing my body and my soul, I can love even more fully.
I honor creation through dancing, writing, designing experiences, cooking and so much more. I am hoping to publish my first poetry book, and putting together a performance art piece on shame as well.
By creating, we are manifesting God within us into this world.
What life experiences prompt you to write?
Suffering. A massive heartbreak I struggled with 2 years ago. It was a love story that began online. The abandonment was so painful, only poetry was coming out of my pen. In 2015, I struggled with burnout and depression, and this is when I found that writing is my #1 medicine. I haven't stopped writing since.
Do you censor what you write?
90% no. 10% yes. I wrote this piece called F%^ your thanksgiving. It was bringing out my anger towards what was happening in Standing Rock. I ended up deleting it because I had trolls. I am still figuring out how risky I want my writing to be, i.e. how much thick skin I can have!
What’s next? How will you continue your journey to self-fulfillment?
Next is to deepen my path, by going to school to study psychotherapy and trauma. I am also planning on a book, on my journey from trauma to healing.
Want to keep up with Jessica’s journey? Follow her on Instagram, @jessicasemaan.