The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

We Are All Stories

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Image via She Wolf
I wonder  sometimes, if we each had to write the story of our lives, what type of story it would be? Would it be happy? Would it be sad? Would it be a memorable story? Or would it simply fade away, like graffiti on a wall?
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Our life is the sum of our experiences, of the places we’ve seen and the people we’ve known. Of decisions that have shaped us. Of our triumphs and our regrets. It’s made up of layers, some of which have peeled away, leaving us vulnerable and exposed. That’s our story. That curious mixture of the mundane, the tragic, the comic and, occasionally, the sublime. We share it with loved ones but we are the only ones who will ever know every intimate secret, every dream, every sigh.
And who would want to read my story? What’s so interesting about my life? I’ve lived on this island almost all of my life. I’ve been bewitched by a stretch of water that’s as ancient as the earth itself. I’ve felt the breath of Africa scorching my skin and been buffeted by a thousand different winds. But I do have a story to tell, and I wonder, if I listened to the whispers of my heart, whether I could give a voice to that child within me that never dared dreamed big.
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Because notwithstanding everything, there is a uniqueness to it, as there is a uniqueness to your story; and to yours; and to yours too. We are all different. We are all heroes. We are all stories in the end.
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  1. I have been a fan of watching your story unfold for more than two years now, sweet Loree. It is my honor.

  2. This brought tears to my eyes, Loree. I think you are already very, very brave.
    Bisous et bravo,
    PS. I know that I will come back to read this a few times.

  3. I think everyone's story is unique and valuable. And I think that creating, through art or photography or writing, is one of the bravest things anyone can do. You are a very creative person, whether you realize it or not.

  4. What beautiful photos and words, Loree!
    I'm always taken by the way you write, and yet you're not proudly calling yourself a writer! I believe you're one of best few writers out there that are very creative and talented with your words.

  5. Loree, I am enchanted by your writing as always.
    This also reminds me of Shakespeare's :"All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances....."
    Yes, as you put it, each one of us is a story.

  6. This is such deep wisdom, Loree. As Sue said, I too, am enchanted by your words. Each one of us truly is a story, and hopefully knowing that can help us fully live those stories.

  7. Very interesting your thoughts ! I think it depends on how old you are and if you are sensible enough to realize your life and also that you need to write.
    When I look back my life had up and downs, but now even the downs were good because I learned out of my errors. Some people always say "c'est la vie" if something bad happens to them. I don't think so, it much depends on you how you react in difficult situations. I would like to write a book about the funniest things in my life !

  8. I'm a sucker for anyone's stories! I think a person can look hardened and bitter, but if one really sits down and listens to their stories, their hearts softens, melts, and a glimpse of the goodness in humanity is discovered.

  9. Dear Loree - What a great post. Sometimes - well most times the choices we make determine the lives we lead. I have come to believe it really isn't about your circumstances or where you live or what you have that makes your life's is what you do with what God has given you. We are all here to write a page in the book of time and leave a legacy. I think you are going to write a wonderful page and your legacy will live on through all those who know and love you. As always my dear friend I have so enjoyed reading your thoughts. Have a great day.

  10. I sometimes wonder. I think I will tend to be a little on the long side novel. smiles.

  11. Everyone has a story and is part of a story, Go on Loree, let that inner child speak ~ we are all here waiting to listen x


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