Cinema therapy: Netflix's "Nannet by Hannah Gadsby"

It was recently Independence Day in America, but many of us don't always feel free. We are enslaved by anxiety and depression, trauma, addiction, societal oppression and micro-aggression. Freedom from those forces doesn't come from traditional wars or military action. Freedom often comes from being brave, using our voices, and refusing to accept the status quo. Let's face it, many people's status quo sucks these days. Women, in particular, are coming forward with their stories as a way to be empowered, to make change, to connect to others, and to heal. This boldness in storytelling has been prevalent in the #metoo and Time's Up movements. And is central to The Netflix Special "Nannet by Hannah Gadsby". 

I can't say enough good things about this special. I can say that it’s the first time I've laughed and had chills AT THE SAME TIME. Here are just a few of her truth bomb, mic-drop worthy quotes:

My story has value.

To yield and not break - that is incredible strength.

Diversity is strength. Difference is a teacher. Fear difference and you learn nothing. 

There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.

I have a right to be angry, but not a right to spread anger. It is a toxic, infectious tension.

Freedom of speech is a responsibility.

I just don't have the strength to take care of my story alone anymore.

Connection is the focus we need.

I recommend this special because it’s rad and funny, and because it's inspiring to listen to and relate to Hannah. But while there's hope in hearing a story, healing often comes in speaking your story. We can't all tell our stories on a global stage like Hannah did, but we can tell our story to a friend or loved one. If that feels too overwhelming, therapy can be your stage. Reach out to me if you are in need of someone to hear your story.