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Tell Me a Story

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A couple weeks ago, a friend who works on teen education programs posted the following message on Facebook: “I’m prepping for a public speaking seminar for teens tomorrow – will you share your favorite TED/other video talks?” It was interesting to see what videos people shared and the common themes that emerged around education, individuality and personal strength. A couple weeks later, Design Sponge posted 5 Videos + Talks Guaranteed to Inspire You, which included some of my favorites as well as some that I had not seen yet. It left me with a new quote by Charlie Kaufman for my quote wall: “Don’t allow yourself to be tricked into thinking that the way things are is the way the world must work.” Then, I had another friend text me telling me that I needed to watch Joan Rivers’ interviews with Tavis Smiley, as he said that it was very honest and real, and that he knew I would like it. I did. 

All of this got me thinking about the power of peoples’ stories and why we gravitate toward hearing them, and then sharing them. There is power in hearing someone’s story. It shares with us a new point of view and also makes us think about things that we might have not considered before. It also helps make us feel less alone and by hearing others’ stories we gather another small piece of information to help us navigate through this thing we call life. But, I think most of all, it connects us to one another. Stories connect us as people and remind us that, at the end of the day, our connections to one another are what is most important.

I was a history major in college and then taught social studies. I’ve always been fascinated by history – not the date memorizing history (dates just give you context), but the stories that live within history. My friends used to laugh at the way I would be so entranced in my 11th grade history class, but looking back it had a lot to do with the fact that my teacher was a really good storyteller. The stories of history helped me feel a connection to the past and made me, somehow, have a better understanding of my present moment.

We all have a story to tell. We are living our stories every day. Know that there is power in your story and the words that you have to share. Chapter Be is about living our authentic stories. The stories that we cannot help but live, because they are within us, just waiting to get out and be shared.

Below is one of my favorite video talks that I have seen/heard to date. It is given by one of my personal idols, Ken Robinson, who speaks about the fact that our formal education systems are killing creativity and that finding your passion in life changes everything. It is long, but worth the watch. For me, it is almost like being back in that high school history class – watching, listening and absorbing without realizing how much I am learning. What is one of your favorite video talks or stories? Please share!

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

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