Have you ever caught yourself judging someone and realised that you don’t know their story and can’t judge based on that brief encounter? I have. I remind myself frequently that each person on this earth comes with a whole story of their life. The highs, the lows, the people and circumstances of their lives are an intricate and unfathomable mix leading up to this moment in time. I too have a life story. So do you.
I have always been fascinated by stories, both fiction and non-fiction. You can get lost in them, escape from your reality for a time. You can see through someone else’s eyes for that time. It has given me a broader view of humanity. We can use our own stories in the same way. We can share joy, lessons learned in hard-fought battles, bring encouragement to someone on a similar pathway to ours. There is power in our stories, whether shared on a public platform or whispered in deep conversation. Do you recognise the value in yours? I think often about how many stories are lost over time. We sort through the photos and belongings of a departed loved one and mourn the loss of their stories as well as their lives. We have the opportunity to share our stories today.
Day 1 of the Write 31 Days Challenge using the Five Minute Friday prompts (five minutes unedited writing on the prompt word.)