We all have a story. Some stories are comedies, some dramas. And many of us feel our stories are tragedies. But no matter the details of our stories, we have them and they’re worth sharing.
Brene Brown says, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” And she’s completely right. We often spend our lives caught up in the shame of what we’ve done or in the despair of what we haven’t done. But the uniqueness of our experiences and the crazy, mixed-up journey of life is what makes our stories so great. We expect life to be a straight line, when in fact it’s meant to look more like a roller-coaster full of ups and downs and loop-de-loops.
Tragedy and mistakes are going to happen. The trick is to not get so caught up in the bad things in life that we fail to see the good. Even more, we cannot get so bogged down with all the things we didn’t do that we stop living at all. There are so many people around that struggle in the same areas we do. But it takes owning our stories, writing them how we want them to be written, and sharing them to not only help us grow, but help others learn and grow as well.
“Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
So take time this week and think about your story. Is it a comedy? A tragedy? Or maybe even a love story? Discover your story and embrace it. Find your author voice and begin to tell it how you want it to be told. And hopefully, at some point in the future, you’ll be willing to share it so that someone else can be encouraged.