“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
Story. Your life is a story and throughout the pages of your story are moments of joy, regret, sorrow and excitement. What do you want others to know about your story?
For some people their story is routine, bland and roughly the same everyday. Year after year they go to work and come back to a place they call home. The story repeats itself in the spring, summer, fall and winter. There isn’t something that creates substantial meaning in their story. It just moves from one clock tick to the next. Life becomes more about dealing with the bills, weather and occasional routine disrupters that interfere with most people’s lives, fixing a broken pipe in the dead of winter, mowing the grass, trying to plant a garden, tripping over a piece of worn carpet, getting to work and getting back, talking with the same group of people, complaining about things that won’t change, listening to the news realizing that the story is the same every night, getting groceries, eating, cleaning up, and life goes on.
Life goes on and living has somehow stopped. Real goals linger as “should do” items on a dusty shelf. Beauty gets swallowed into a sea of grey thinking. The crisp edges of life disappear and are replaced with safe routine.
There comes a time in life where reflection of the life lived begins to ring louder and louder, and begs the questions, “Did I live?” For most people there is a deep desire to live a life that does matter that there was some contribution, that there was a story worth sharing with others.
What story do you want your life to tell? What new story do you want to write?
What would make life interesting rather than routine? What do you want your story to be about?
Start writing a new story today.