Stories are incredible. They have the power to make people feel less alone. They can awaken a burning passion within people. The most incredible thing, though? You are the only one who will ever be able to tell a story quite like yours. Your story, your life, is unique to you.
I've had the privilege of watching a handful of people tell their stories since I started this site. A few of them have even told their stories for the first time on this very blog. As far as I'm concerned, that's an honour. It's something I don't take lightly. You have to trust someone an awful lot before you put your story in their hands and allow them to spread it.
I've seen stories that have made me cry. I've seen some that have made me laugh. Most stories leave me speechless. A lot of them spur me on and give me the motivation I need to keep telling mine.
Every now and then, since starting the site, I receive a message telling me that because of me, someone is setting out on their own story-telling journey. That may be the biggest honour of all. Inevitably those messages come at a time when I'm doubting my ability to make a difference, or even just to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to continue shaping my story.
Now, I'm under no illusions that I'm the sole reason that these people tell their stories. A person doesn't do something like that because of one person. It's vital that they have a strong support system around them, and that the world has infuriated them enough that they want to make a difference, and they want to tell their story in the process. At least, that's the way it's gone for me.
Still, regardless of who or what the reason is, when you're ready, start telling your story. If you want to do it here, you can. Drop me an email. I'm happy to facilitate anonymous story-telling if that's what you want. Stories are powerful. Your story is powerful. So, most importantly of all, more important even than telling your story, keep writing it. It has a place in this world.