“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
One of the best pieces of life advice I ever received was, “Live the kind of life that gives you stories to tell.”
At the time I had no stories…. Interestingly, I was told those words by Neil Cole, the author of this book i quote from.
“My brother and I were about the same age and of the same upbringing. But whereas I came home from that trip (a Safari in East Africa) lucky to have all my ﬁngers and lots of stories, my brother had spent most of the trip reading a novel about adventures in Africa!
We both had a great time, but only one of us came home with stories to tell (and, obviously, I still do). There are two kinds of people in the world—those who live the adventure, and those who read about others’ adventures. I determined a long time ago that I wasn’t going to be someone who only read about the adventures of others. I would live the kind of life others would want to read about.”
(Journeys To Significance. Neil Cole)(Journeys To Significance. Neil Cole)
My stories are not wild, reckless, nor overly adventitious. But, they are abundant, to the exasperation of those around me. I mostly keep them bottled up, at least until some poor soul pulls the cork, unaware. But I am living many stories now.
How about you?
Are there things you are reading about, things such as hiking, biking, climbing, camping, painting, drawing, photographing, seeing, touching, writing, or experiencing that require you to take your nose out of those books, Ipad, smartphone, or the rut of life to experience LIVE, for ourselves, in person, in real life?
I’ve discovered that what makes the story interesting is simply the fact that it is a story you actually lived, experienced, relished, cherished, and then hopefully shared. The story need not be wild, exotic, reckless, abandoning, or overseas. Things, moments, opportunities, places and people, ready to be encountered in our own back yard, right where we are. We need not go away to discover them. Things, that until now, have been lost to us because we got too bogged down in the routines of life.
Go write your story! I am….
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” (Terry Pratchett)
But hey… be honest, no need to exaggerate, OK? 🙂
“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.” (Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall)