For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with stories. I was that little girl who devoured every book, magazine, and comic book strip she could get her hands on. I read road signs, board game instructions, the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles, enthralled by the words I found even there and the messages they conveyed. I loved movies, too, and television shows, and music. If it told a story, then I was all for it.
As I grew older my infatuation with stories only grew. I also became just as fascinated by the reasons we tell the stories that we do, and how those stories affect the way we see the world around us. The stories we tell ourselves and each other reveal more about us than they do about the characters and plots we create.
A good story can change your life, but a lackluster one can also derail your day. How many of us are living a different version of the story we planned for ourselves? Instead of feeling like the hero of our own adventure tale, we sometimes feel like we’ve stumbled into a horror story. We try our best, but at the end of the day we don’t recognize ourselves in the story of the life we’re leading.
I felt this way. My life was going fine, but it wasn’t the story I had intended to tell. I had a good job, a home, and solid relationships with my family. I should have been content, yet I felt stuck. I couldn’t recognize any authenticity or real meaning in my day-to-day. Deep inside, I knew I was wasting valuable time when, instead, I could have been telling the story I was meant to tell. So I decided to switch my story.
I quit that good job and started writing. I took a risk, started living the way I wanted to live, and you know what? It worked. Switching my story did change my life. I won’t pretend that my life now (or my story) is perfect, because it isn’t. But I’m happier now. I’m telling the story I want to tell, and that matters more to me than just about anything.
Maybe you’re feeling like I was. Maybe you feel like you don’t have control over the story of your life. Maybe you feel like your life is fine as it is, but deep down you know something is missing. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that you shouldn’t dream that dream you’ve always had. Maybe you tell yourself you don’t deserve to go after the life you want. I used to tell myself that same story.
I believe in the power of stories. The right story can change your life, and the wrong story can come awfully close to ruining it. I’m not saying you need to quit your job or make some drastic change like I did. Everyone’s story is different, and only you can tell your own story. But the best thing about stories is that we can change them any time we want. If you’re ready to switch your story, then I’m here to help.