None of us want to be alone.
If I could go back in my life, with all the wisdom I have now, I would unite the world through story. Stories from people. Stories about the times of their lives.
I think that’s why genealogy has become so popular in the United States. So many of us live far away from our roots, and the fast pace of modern life keeps us more isolated than ever before in human history. We are more connected, but more apart.
Five years ago I wanted to become a personal historian, but life circumstances prevented that. I needed to earn a living more than I needed to follow a passion of mine. Now I’m off in another, equally as passionate direction, but I still wonder what my life would have been like if…
I had so much fun interviewing Steve Brenner and capturing his experience being close to an exploding volcano. He’s a wonderful story teller. I got caught up in his moment. Thanks, Steve, for sharing that with me.
Personal histories can be amazing, entertaining, heartwarming. I’d like to share two of them that I recently found on the blogsphere:
Rarasaur writes about her tenth birthday, the day she was forgotten. Her father explains why personal story is important:
She cut him off. “Dad, why do we need people who remember?”
“We only exist today by the virtue of their light tomorrow.” he replied, “The ones with that gift are holding onto our very humanity. They remember, and that remembering reminds us.”
Another favorite poignant story was about a young boy’s Christmas that was threatened by poverty.
Still need more convincing that your story matters? StoryCorps created a fun animated video of some of their short stories. Watch and hear how story matters.
Why don’t you add “story” to your list of new year’s resolutions? Your generous sharing will change the world.