Lately, I’ve been contemplating life and why we sometimes feel pressure to follow what others are doing, rather than appreciating the good things about ourselves.
Sure, it is great to learn from others and I know that I have greatly appreciated learning from the wonderful women who are participating in my Over 50 & Thriving Series. They are wise and wonderful and fill me with enthusiasm and inspiration as I read each of their stories.
However, it’s time to value and celebrate our own story – because we all have one! Each of us has a story to tell, although many of us might feel that our story is boring. However, to others it is fascinating, because it is the story of YOU. Your story is a tapestry of your life, who influenced you, the challenges you faced as well as the good times.
As I’ve written before, we are all special and unique and certainly this is worth a celebration!
The campaign is a topic I’m passionate about, however, instead of writing my story, (you can read about me here if you are interested), I wanted to explore ways we can share and celebrate our own personal stories and why it is so important that we do.
Why it is important to share & celebrate your story
Sharing and celebrating our story helps us to learn more about ourselves. We often dismiss our qualities or experiences as not being important, yet they are what make us who we are.
Sharing our story is not just important for ourselves but it is also of importance to our children and grandchildren. I lost my Mum to breast cancer over 32 years ago and I wish I had asked more questions about her story before she died. I am fortunate to have a cousin, who was like another daughter to Mum, who fills me in on stories of my Mum before I was born or too little to remember.
4 ways to celebrate your story
1. Start writing your story
Recently, Jennifer Jones from Tracking Down the Family, started writing her Memoirs as part of the exercises in Patti Miller’s book Writing True Stories. I hadn’t thought about doing this but writing your story is a wonderful way for you to remember your life and document it for future generations.
Once you start documenting your story, you will probably remember things that you had forgotten about. You may remember challenges you faced and overcame, which will remind you of your inner strength.
2. Celebrating your achievements
We all have achievements, some greater than others but they all matter! Many of us have been taught growing up not to ‘brag’ about our achievements in life. I disagree, we should celebrate and share, not to boast but simply to share our joy.
Apart from my children, one of my biggest achievements in life has been running two marathons at 55 and 61 years old. I celebrate my ability to keep fit and active as I age, and be a role model for others to be the best they can be.
3. Make a visual story
You probably have many photos in boxes or digital photos on your computer. I know I do! Putting together your story in images can be another interesting way to tell your story
I remember a few years ago, my daughter put together a photo album of my life to date with pages for me to continue. She had placed them in sections of my life – childhood, marriage, children, etc. It was a beautiful gift and a lovely reminder of my life.
4. Share your story through conversation
Have you thought of sitting down and sharing your story with your family? Sometimes these moments can be special as you share what life was like for you as a child or other events in your life. It is another way to connect and communicate with children and grandchildren, whilst at the same time giving them insight into who you are. I wish I had done that more with my Mum.
What is your story? Which of my four suggestions would you choose to share and celebrate your story?