|What is your story? Write it down! Type it out!|
For as far back as I can recall, the expression, "Everyone has a story to tell," has been a part of my consciousness. It's something I always keep in mind not only for myself but for everyone I meet as well. I have always enjoyed writing. Short stories. Poetry. A film script (never published) when I was in high school. A book (never published) when I was 19. A fanzine that I published for 10 years (1994-2004). A "surf journal" that logged every one of my bodyboarding sessions for five years (1994-1999). Press releases. Magazine articles. This blog.
I love chronicling the stories of other people, something I used to do in the underground music scene with my fanzine, External 732, and continue to do in the world of bodyboarding. Being able to sit down with someone, ask them questions, and listen to them tell their story is always fascinating for me. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to sit and listen to a person talk about their life, where they come from, what they've experienced, who they are.
Sometimes, it's easier to sit and listen to someone else tell the story of their life than it is to, personally, sit down and put pen to paper or start tapping away on your keyboard. At times, the hardest part is just getting started. You may have a million thoughts buzzing around inside your head like a swarm of bees, but when it comes to sitting down and writing/typing it out you end up just staring at a blank page/screen. Once you clear that obstacle and get started, though, your thoughts generally tend to start flowing more freely.
Well, today is National Write Your Story Day and I have a challenge for you. Take a moment, today, to sit down and write about yourself. Write about a life experience, a pleasant memory, a bodyboarding session that stands out in you mind, anything you choose. It doesn't need to be long, but who knows. Your story may very well start out as a couple of paragraphs and evolve into something much more like a short story or even a full-length book! You never know where your mind will take you...unless you let it!