The Power of Stories
Exploring one of the greatest resources for creating stronger connections and supercharging personal growth.
Recently, someone asked me: why do you write?
That question made me pause. I did not have an immediate response for them.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there is no single answer.
One thing is clear though: writing is one of the most important things that we can do.
Why I Write
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander
To open doors.
I love stories. This love has blossomed with me as I moved from childhood to adolescence and then adolescence to adulthood.
Stories transport us to different worlds.
We need these stories, not to escape our lives but to expand our viewpoints. In them, we find our common ground, but also learn to appreciate our differences.
To get to know myself.
In the past, I have gone for weeks or months at a time with a dark cloud over my head. This shadow followed me everywhere, leeching my joy and energy.
Only when I started journaling did I finally grasp what was going on.
By putting my pen to paper, my fears, mistakes, and resentments rose to the surface. These were all things that I had no awareness of holding on to. Acknowledging them properly allowed me to finally move forward.
To help others.
Struggle is our constant life companion.
For many years I felt lost at sea with no idea of where I was going or how I got there in the first place. I’d received little guidance and had no safety net to fall back on. Because of this, I had to learn everything the hard way.
You can say a lot about self-reliance. It builds strength and courage, but it can also isolate us, turn us cold.
Writing enables us to share our experiences. To save others pain where we can and help them navigate difficult situations.
A never-ending dialogue.
Writing is an endless conversation. With ourselves. With others. With the world. Through this conversation we learn, adjust, and grow.
No matter how lost we are or how hard we fall, writing can lift us up and place us back on the right path.
I write because it tells me who I am and where I’m going. I write to help others find those answers too.
Why do you write?