“A good story makes you thankful to be alive because it reminds you that while sometimes painful, life is indeed beautiful and even magical.”-Donald Miller
All of my favorite stories have good and bad, light and dark in them. All of my favorite heroes have good and bad, light and dark within them too. I like to imagine the hero struggling to make the decision to fight or wrestling with regrets of the past. It would not mean as much if the hero simply woke up and lived a perfect life and smiled a lot and saved the world from evil. Those aren’t the heroes people look to – those aren’t the stories people love.
People love the struggle between good and bad because it resonates with them. Light and dark wrestles inside all of us. Sometimes we forget the darkness when we laugh with family and friends or read our favorite books. A lot of times, though, that darkness can sneak up on us and in a moment overwhelm us. We feel like our past, our failures, or our anxieties define us. Monica Lewinsky recently spoke at a TED Conference. When asked why she is speaking out now, she responded, “…because it is time to take back my narrative.” When the darkness defines our lives it’s hard to remember that the story is still being written. You are still being written, and you aren’t alone in the story.There are other characters who come beside you and love the light back into your story. You play a role of importance in other’s lives too – a role only you can play.
I play many roles in my life. I am friend, sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter, cousin…the list goes on. Sometimes I play the role of a shoulder to cry on; sometimes the role of the one who is crying. Sometimes I play the role of a comedian trying to cheer up a friend; sometimes the role of one needing some cheer. It is all of the roles, all of the ups and downs, all of the light and dark that make up our stories. It is all of those things that makes us remember that life beautiful.
It is all of those things that makes your story important. I hope you know that you are not defined by your past or current struggles. I hope you know that your story is still being written. I hope you don’t give up. I hope you know you’re not alone. I hope you remember that living a good story is magical.
May the Fourth be with you :)