I Want to Tell My Story...
I want to tell my story. Well, truthfully, it would be way easier to kind of tell my story through my artwork, poetry, emotions and slippery words that could mean 1000 things. Honestly, I did not realize I was not really sharing my story until a new friend pointed it out to me last week. My goodness, putting my emotions and feelings out there for everyone to see really felt like telling my story to me! In the past, I shrugged off the people asking to hear more believing that surely they just must not be reading all of what I was writing. But the truth is, in an attempt to guard my heart in many ways, I am always reluctant to share my own story in a way that is real and raw.
Lately, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching about telling my story because to me it feels very self-centered and haughty like I am saying, “Look at me! Listen to me! See me!” But on the contrary, telling our stories is the epitome of giving to others out of our experience. Just yesterday, I had a friend tell me she wished she had shared her secret story of pain with another friend who ended her life out of despair and isolation.
We tell our stories:
To help others feel less alone.
To give others hope to keep going in the midst of hardship.
To build trust.
To gain the chance to love others and give them hope.
Being open and honest about our lives is hard. We risk offending others, losing the safety of anonymity, ruining our reputation, having others judge us--just typing this list makes my heart race. But when we tell our stories we bring freedom to not only ourselves but also to the lives of countless others who long to be heard. It takes great courage and bravery to open the well of our lives for all to see.
There is freedom to be found in sharing your story. It doesn’t have to be on social media or a blog or a website. It doesn’t even have to be with someone who is going through exactly what you have been through. Sometimes just knowing that we are not alone in our struggles is enough to keep us going...one story at a time.
Our stories are the very foundation of what we create and a window into our soul. As a creative and a woman with a message of beauty and hope, I want you to know what is truly behind what I say and paint. I want you to not only know the depth of my pain and joy but I want you to relate personally to what has brought me to this place of hope. My work is heavily rooted in my emotions which are birthed from all the chapters in my life. My ultimate goal is to bring hope and healing through my work by sharing my story, that you will somehow be drawn closer to the Hope that I have found through my own pain.
From me to you:
If I want to speak to you, you have to know me.
If I want to speak for you, you have to relate to me.
If I want to hold your hand as you walk the road before you, you have to trust me.
Let’s share our story together, whatever that looks like for both of us. Let’s be brave but tender, outspoken but careful, authentic but compassionate.