Today in conversation a guy asked me point blank, “What kind of value would I get from writing my own story?”
I thought about it for a second and then I started to say something like, “Well, from a business perspective, by being vulnerable with your audience you’ll attract clients and customers who will be moved by your story. They’ll see themselves in you and then they’ll want to know more about you.”But that wasn’t quite it. It wasn’t all I wanted to say. I could feel something else rumbling around inside.
Then I said, “But that’s not the part that actually excites me. It’s what you’ll personally experience in writing your own story that’ll be the much larger value.
By writing your own story, you’ll see all that has shaped you and held you back and you’ll see a version of yourself that you can then set free. You’ll ultimately see what you’re actually capable of, and from that vantage point, you can do anything you want in your life. You will wade through the muck to uncover your deepest self. Your soul self. The you that is more you than anything.”And his eyes lit up, and my body started to vibrate. Ah yes, that’s what I wanted to say.
Of all of the things I have done, of all of the healing work I have tried – the coaches and healers and workshops and shamans and psychologists and energy workers…all super powerful, but…writing my own story has been the most transformative. It has allowed me to see myself with fresh eyes. A more expansive view. And from a place where I get to shape my reality going forward.
In finding writing, I have found the capacity within myself to re-write the future I want to live.
Sometimes I wonder, if I hadn’t of found writing, how long would I have stayed stuck in a chapter of my story that I wanted to be over?
It can be so hard to see what you’re trapped inside of. Fear tends to trap us…and until we can see it and look at it in the face, we stay there.
I wonder, what kind of stories would you tell, and how would things shift, if you weren’t afraid to go there?