Story Time

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

We all have a story to tell. Sometimes our stories are happy…sometimes sad. Sometimes they are long…sometimes short. Sometimes they are powerful…sometimes they are inspiring. But no matter what your story is, the important thing is to make sure you tell it.

So many of us keep our stories to ourselves because we think our story is no big deal or that no one would be interested. I know I always did. But what I have found to be true is that people love to hear others’ stories. Why? Simply put, human nature. We are curious and we want to relate to one another…and our stories help us do that. Other people’s stories show us we are not alone in the trials and tribulations of our lives – there are other people in the world who have experienced joy and loss just like we have. Their stories can also show us that those people we thought were darn near perfect are just as human as the rest of us – they have flaws just like us. Their stories inspire us to work through the difficult times and they teach us important lessons. In the end, people appreciate when you share your authentic truth, your story, with them. It is a meaningful and powerful way through which we can connect with one another.

The other thing I have learned about our stories is that when the universe has a story for you to share, a truth for you to tell, a message for you to proclaim, there is no escaping it. It will happen. It has to happen. The world needs your story. You can try to avoid it all you want, but the universe will set the stage for you to share whatever it is you are meant to share. This is, at least in part, the agony that Dr. Angelou refers to in her quote. It’s why we experience the good and the bad in life…you will experience whatever you need to experience so you can share your story. Basically, the universe conspires with you so you can tell your story – things happen throughout your life for a reason…people come in/out of your life for a reason – that reason is so we can tell our story and help others. So tell your story – you really do have something important to share…believe that. Whether you share your story with people in person, write a blog, poem, essay or book, or create a podcast, YouTube video, or try your hand at Periscope…just share it. It’ll good for you and good for others as they can learn from your story and be inspired by it.