My Favourite Author: Wisdom In Words No Different Than a Heart-to-heart With a Friend

“These are the conversations that heal. Those had with people who don’t simply preach self love at you but instead, and more courageously, lay bare their own imperfections, and in doing so, allow you bravely to do the same.”

Exactly one month ago, I landed in Boone to spend a weekend in the Appalachian mountains.

Climbing rocks, writing thoughts, making friends, having conversations without this mini computer attached to the palm of my hand and fan-girling (in the most subtle, secretive, non-obviously spooky way I possibly could) over the one and only Jedidiah Jenkins, at his first ever writing retreat.

Jed is one of my favourite authors.

The first time I held his book in my hands after losing my father, I was really struggling to make sense of who I was, where I fit, what I was meant to be doing, how to express all the complicated things I was feeling, how I could ever be enough for every part of this ever-demanding world around us.

Jed’s words, time and time again, have felt to me like a lifeline. An undertaking of being seen.

His beautifully simplistic but endlessly impactful crafting of sentences. His honest and vulnerable story-telling. His ability to turn our tales of shame into a feeling of familiarity and belonging.

But what I love most is that Jed’s profound wisdom is wrapped in words that feel no different than a heart to heart under the stars with a best friend.

These are the conversations that heal. Those had with people who don’t simply preach self love at you but instead, and more courageously, lay bare their own imperfections, and in doing so, allow you bravely to do the same.

Jed’s honesty, his reflections on identity, the way he delves so deeply into his own heart: he has helped me re-write the stories I had told myself; to re-examine the self-talk tape playing in my head and make it a kinder record to listen to; to show up in the world as exactly who I am-nothing more and nothing less-and, in doing so, experience the peace of never having to pretend.

I dream for my words to touch someone questioning their place in the world in such a way; to make them feel as seen and understood.

Jed wanted to write the book he needed in his twenties.

It was the book I needed for mine.

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Meghana Hegdekar

Meghana Hegdekar

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25-year-old British-Indian writer using the transformational power of storytelling to explore the universal threads of our humanity & all that connects us