Your Story Is Worth Telling – Here’s Why

your story is worth telling
your story is worth telling

Daily Blog #249

Take a long hard look at what it is that you want to accomplish in life. Write down your thoughts, list anything and everything that you want to see and do within your lifetime, and then take a minute to look at what you wrote down.

After reflecting on what you wrote, ask yourself what is stopping you from accomplishing each and every one of the things that you wrote down. Is it lack of time? Is it lack of money? Or is it lack of confidence?

I am going to go out on a limb with this one and say that ninety percent of the time, the reason that we do not pursue our dreams is because we lack confidence in ourselves, because we are scared to admit that we have failed, and because we fear what other people might think of us.

But what if your struggles could help to inspire others, or to help others achieve their own dreams. Would you tell them? The truth is, we all have the ability to inspire others. We don’t need to be a superhero, and we don’t need to be a walking success story. We just need to own our story, and share them as loud as we possibly can.

WHAT IS YOUR “WHY?”

When I first started writing about my life (I say writing about my life instead of blogging because I don’t really like saying “When I first started blogging”) one of my biggest fears was that I would not be interesting enough. What is nobody reads what I write? What if I am not unique or “cool” enough? Is my story even worth sharing?

The truth is, not everyone is going to read what I write. Not everyone is going to think that I am unique or cool enough. And not everyone is going to like me. But yes, despite all of the fears telling me differently, my story is worth sharing.

Looking back over the last seven months, I have realized that every story in life is worth sharing. Not just mine, not just yours, but all of our stories. We learn best through sharing out past and current experiences. If you have not experienced some of the things that I have experienced in life, you are seeing life through a different perspective, my perspective. You are seeing a different side of life that you might not have known even existed, just like I see a different side of life by reading the stories of others. What I am trying to say, is that we learn more when we challenge each other to see life from a different perspective.

COMING TOGETHER & BETTERING EACH OTHER

During my battle with depression, one of the things that I didn’t have was someone to relate to. If I just would have been able to connect with someone, someone who was like me, someone who was the same age as me, or someone who had gone through similar experiences that I have encountered, then maybe my past would have been different.

Honestly, this is the reason that I am so passionate about writing and so open about my past. The past is the past. There is never going to be anything that I can do to go back and rewrite what has already been written. But what I can do, is share my experiences, share the ways that I have found happiness in my life, and try to be the person that I could never find, that one person who I could relate to.

FIND YOUR VOICE

In reflecting back on the fears that I had from when I first started writing, I can honestly say that I don’t really care what people think about my story. There are always people out there who are going to be able to relate to me. There will always be people who I can help to motivate, help to inspire, and help to live a happier life just through telling my story. And personally, that is more important to me than keeping my life quiet, and not sharing it at all.

As for being unique, well I know for a fact that I am different than most people, so I am plenty unique enough.

No matter how boring, awesome, short, or long your life has been up to this point, know that you will always have a story to tell. We are all different, and we all hold a different perspective that might help to challenge and to grow others in life. So find your voice, and share your story. You might just help to save a life without even knowing it.

Michael Bonnell

1/4/2019

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