I started out writing on a completely different topic, but then got into a conversation with a colleague and she asked THE question! The one that lights a fire inside of me and makes me want to talk for hours. “Why are you so passionate about storytelling?” Ha, too bad she couldn’t see that huge small that broke out across my face through that telephone. She was soon to learn that she had opened up the floodgates with that one.
I can talk for hours and hours about the power of storytelling. My number one reason for sharing my story, the good and the not so good, is to help others break ongoing cycles and heal from the pain of their pasts. I want them to know that there is an abundance of sunshine after the storm. However, they must push through to the other side to see it. My story, the one with all the obstacles, detours, twists and turns, will prove to them that they can go through some real life turmoil and still end up happy and fulfilled.
What I have found on this journey of transparency is that there are not many who actually see the value in it or share my deep rooted passion. Unfortunately, many want to simply bombard you with facts and statistics, but it is the compelling stories that are the most memorable and that get the most attention. Why? Because stories spark up emotion in others and as the saying goes, “People may forget your name, your face, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Stories also travel. When someone is touched by your compelling story, they will in turn tell it to another. And once they see how your powerful story is helping them and others, they gain the desire and the courage to also share their own.
As the founder and executive director of a movement that travels the world sharing personal stories, I have witnessed so many breakthroughs, healing, forgiveness and it is a feeling like none other. Through the Bounce Back DNA Movement, we also provide other platforms, through empowerment calls, live events, and social media where other women and teens can now “Speak Up & Speak Out.”
If you have a story that you would like to share and are searching for a platform, please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consult with you on how to do so. Also, if you are still searching for the courage to tell your story and/or are struggling with low self-esteem or low self-confidence, please reach out to us as well. We have team members that can help you.