Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The One Where I Have To Share My Stories #sol15

Every Tuesday, I participate in the Slice of Life challenge at Two Writing Teachers. Every March, the Slice of Life Challenge is a month-long experience where Slicers post every single day for the entire month. I'm joining in on the monthly challenge this year! For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here.

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Humans spend a lot of time carving out their uniqueness in this world but at the same time trying desperately to fit in. It's a fascinating conundrum, survival of the fittest. We compete to be better or different yet depend on connecting with a group or community to truly thrive.

It's time to let go of the standards we set for ourselves or that we let society impose upon us. Instead, we need to share our stories, celebrate our experiences, connect with others because of and despite our differences, see the similarities we carry in our hearts, and grow together. 

Let's focus on survival of all.

I'm glad for the We Need Diverse Books campaign, for the writers who participated in this year's Slice of Life challenge, for the team at Two Writing Teachers who hosted and encouraged us along the way, but especially for everyone who shares their stories however they can. By continuing to experience life through multiple lenses we are able to see different perspectives and avoid the danger of a single story. 

But first, we have to tell those stories.

“Don't forget 
- no one else sees the world the way you do, 
so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” 

― Charles de Lint, The Blue Girl

It wasn't until recently that I realized I have a special story to tell. It's been easy to overlook the fact that my normal isn't everyone else's normal. 

My stories are my own. 

They might be similar or wildly different from those of other people but no matter what, I know now more than ever, 

I have to share my stories.

Thank you for reading my posts this month and for your feedback, encouragement, and support! My stories need readers and I'm glad you are one of them.

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