Life can change in an instant. It is what you DO with the changes that can make or break you. Marcela del Sol turned an accident that handed her a life-long struggle into a mission to help others, AND into a best selling debut novel. Read her story and pass it on to those who need help!
Melanie Rockett: In your early adult years you moved from Chile to Australia. Why did you made the move and how has that influenced what you do?
Marcela del Sol: I fell in, and much later out of, love with an Australian man who wasn’t willing to relocate so I did it. Australia is drastically different from my birth country; I have led a rather lonely life in Australia, even personal interaction doesn’t develop in similar ways or depths to what I was brought up in. In a way, it has been a boot camp for my soul; it has enabled me with survival skills I never knew I had, I became stronger, independent and solitude allowed me to observe myself and others, the world, with a renewed sense of appreciation, despite the pain. I take the passion that is innate to me, as a latin, and this is the ink I write with. It is, somehow, like writing with fire over snow: How can it not be, although, challenging, brave and beautiful?
Melanie Rockett: You were in an accident that significant changed your life and ultimately led to your writing a book, can you tell us more?
Marcela del Sol: I had a car accident in 2013, I cant recall a lot of the details so I cant go into specifics. However, I had experienced trauma before so this was the last drop of water in an almost overflowing glass. I now live with PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder, which are quite hard conditions to, firstly, come to terms with and then try to create tools to control it, to whatever extent it is possible to do.
Because it is hard for me, I decided to be open about it and even go beyond by writing Kaleidoscope to try to explain the processes that people like me go through and also, the book on its own is my message to the world about us, the ones co-existing with these conditions, being highly capable and safe.
Melanie Rockett: Your debut novel Kaleidoscope: My life’s multiple reflections is now a BEST SELLER! Kaleidoscope is a work of fiction, but has many elements from your life. What is the premise of your novel?
Marcela del Sol: I wrote Kaleidoscope as a way to explain people how hard and debilitating it is to live with PTSD and, especially, DID but at the same time to show them that people like me are not less capable, simply different; like everyone. I would like to contribute to eradicate stigma and misinformation about people living with mental disorders and hopefully encourage people to educate themselves and to practice understanding and inclusion, as a way to break cycles of misinformed separation in society.
Melanie Rockett: I suspect that writing the novel has produced many moments of insight for you as well as opened new doors. Can you share any of the good that has come of it?
Marcela del Sol: Finishing the book was the best of it all. Having DID means that maintaining structure and continuity is very, very hard. Luckily, I have my team and we were all on board to write the book.
I am finding that people are getting interested to know about mental health and the conditions I live with; I love when people come to me and ask me questions that otherwise do not dare asking. This is one of the best things to come out of this adventure: Igniting people’s curiosity as this is the first step towards an educated society.
Melanie Rockett: You divide your time between Australia and Chile, involved in numerous projects and philanthropic works. What’s next for you?
Marcela del Sol: I have started to write another book. I am about to go back to Australia and I can’t wait to see my kids after these months spent in Chile.
Besides that, I will keep building towards helping kids and people recovering from addictions develop their potential and self-awareness. Everyone can make a difference and I hope more people do! We all have the power to make great things.
Keep in touch with Marcela del Sol:
Contribute to her cause, let others know about her, or reach out if YOU need help.
on Twitter @MarcellaDelSol
and on her website marceladelsol.net
You can also get Kaleidoscope : my life’s multiple reflections at the Inspiring Book Shop