"…Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory."
- Stephen King, Misery
Intense and interesting.
I do feel like happiness and creative wonder can organically develop from the parts of us not scared and traumatized via exposure to different realities.