Everyone Has A Story

We ALL have a story.  I had thought about writing a book after my ‘Dead End’, but thought, why would anyone want to read about MY life? That would be ridiculous! I remembered meeting a girl in a wheelchair who had written a book.  She was an athlete and she was in a horrible accident which left her paralyzed.  Her story was way more compelling than mine could ever be, so why would anyone care about my story?

The turning point for me was when I was asked to speak to a group of business women.  I had no idea what I was going to speak about, so I decided to begin by telling my story and how I gained the confidence to change the direction of my life after my failed marriage and car accident.

When I finished speaking, a very strange thing happened…I received emails and phone calls from people who told me I had inspired them and they wanted to hear more!

I thought about the girl in the wheelchair.  Yes, her story was very compelling and inspiring because she could overcome such adversity.  But to most of us, her story is like a movie…it’s interesting and heartwarming, but how many people can really, truly connect with her and know exactly how she feels?  On the other hand, I found out that there are a lot more people who connected with my story having had similar stories that were equally captivating.

Our individual stories are real, and I’m pretty sure a pretty large percentage of the human race has gone through, and felt, many of the things that we all have; going through a divorce, death, an accident, etc.  It can give us comfort, sometimes, to know that we’re not the only ones that have experienced those things.

We are all experts in something, or have some life experiences that mean something to someone.  When we put it all together, where we grew up, who our family is, everyone who touches our life, every experience makes us so perfectly unique…there is no one in the universe exactly like each one of us!

Yes, there are things that we experience that may be, let’s say…challenging?  The key to overcoming those challenges is accepting and realizing that every bad or negative thing that happens always ends up turning out to be the very best thing that could have happened!  Sometimes it shows up right away, but sometimes it takes a few years.

I know I can now become that Rock Star I always wanted to be!  Maybe not singing on a stage in a band, but maybe I can inspire people, like you, to look at your own life road map in a different way, not listen to naysayers, and take the control and draw your own map, or write your own chapter the way you want it written…

What do YOU want to be when you grow up?   Why don’t you just DO IT?!   What’s the worst that can happen?  Could it be that you actually DO get exactly what you want?  🙂