Stories We Tell Ourselves

I have realized that the stories we tell ourselves can hold a lot of power. They can be a positive or negative force in our lives. Everyone has a personal narrative, whether they’re aware of it or not. Those influence our feelings and actions.

Cultures tell themselves stories. Origin stories, to explain why things are the way they are. We all have our own origin stories, personally as well. There’s also the historical narrative—who’s at the top of the food chain and why? Whether ancient or modern societies, each one has their own personal story.

The problem comes in when we accept negative stories as reality and then distort them into lies. Lies that tell us we’re weak, unable to do what we know we should. Someone told me last week that there’s plenty of writers in the world already, so why bother?

Good thing I don’t listen to those stories.

I was told, by words and actions of others, I shouldn’t go to university. I did and graduated with a high GPA. I’m in graduate school for the second time. I’ve been told art isn’t important. It may not be lucrative, but it’s important. It makes us human.

So…watch the stories you tell yourself. They can be very, very powerful. Proceed at your own risk.

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