Since I discovered the amazing Kindra Hall last fall, storytelling has been on my mind a lot. Stories matter—they can be inspirational and educational, they can be sales and marketing tools—they make a difference.
Here’s the thing—I know I have stories of my own to tell. Some people know them, others don’t and others may think they know bits and pieces, but really there is more that only those closest to me know. I struggle with telling certain pieces of my story. I struggle with the idea of putting my story out there because I’d be giving up a lot of my privacy in doing so. Is that fair to my boys? Is that fair to my husband? I’m not sure.
Last spring, I started writing what I hope will amount to a book. I got about 20,000 words in and hit the pause button. I just typed away and put it all “on paper” without regard for editing. I just wrote to get my thoughts out. I hit pause because it was a little draining. I hit pause because shortly thereafter I started as a rep for ZYIA Active and I couldn’t commit to multiple ventures….and I was drained from what I’d written. I’m sure there are people who might benefit from hearing parts of my story and how I’ve handled challenges that have come my way, but I’m just not sure what I’m comfortable putting out there.
That all being said, with the Hamilton movie coming out last week (and if you haven’t seen it, YOU MUST!), the soundtrack has been on repeat on my Spotify while I work lately. One day last week was a particularly busy day and I kept the music on all day. As my day was nearing the end, I realized that so too was the soundtrack. The last song in the musical is “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” and it got me thinking. I want to tell my story at some point—me, not someone else, not someone who wants to tell their version of my story because they think they know it. I need to tell it. So, I’m going to get to work on figuring out how I want to tell it. I’d still like to write the book and self-publish it, (Side note: the dreamer in me has this crazy fantasy of writing the book, it unexpectedly taking off and Hoda Kotb from the Today Show interviewing me. Not even kidding. I love Hoda.) but I’m not sure I want to revisit it right now, especially with another move coming our way when our new house is done in September. But at some point, I know I need to just figure it out.
Do you have a story that you want to share, but you aren’t sure how to? Or do you have a story that you did find a way to tell in a way you felt comfortable?