My article titled At 41, I learnt to become an adult in the Wild was posted on SBS Australia Instagram account. Link here. Over the next few days I watched with joy as so many readers and commented about how it resonated with them. It received over a 1000 likes and I gained 40 followers. As a writer I live for these moments when my writing connects and resonates. This has uplifted me and been the beautiful icing on the cake.
"Such a raw truth ..... Beautiful"
"These words hit hard… I’m not there and wonder if I will get there. I’m very happy for you. Thank you for these beautiful words"
"I read this and my heart ached, my throat tightened and my eyes welled with tears."
And one of my Facebook friends wrote a beautiful message that I want recorded for posterity:
"the comments being made all show you hit a theme that is far more powerful than any of us realise until it is upon us. I love the reference to ties with our cultural and familial past. The thought does occur to me that I am 'next next cab off the rank', so I'm ensuring that my children will have less angst at processing mine down the road. So Ams, the role of a good writer is to spark introspective thought - you did that in spades!"
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Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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