Owning Your Story

This is a look into the importance of defining yourself, owning your narrative, and getting empowered.

Humans are meaning-makers. We find meaning in everything, whether it’s a novel, a scenic view, or a troubling experience such as the death of a loved one. Meaning enhances our lives and makes them richer with detail, depth, and awareness. This is similar to reading a good book. When we’re engaged in a novel, we find meaning without even realizing it. We root for the hero and we’re present from beginning to end. Similarly, we can create our own stories and define ourselves however we want. As the main characters in the story of our lives, creating and owning our stories for the ups, downs, and in-betweens, will help us more fully understand ourselves and the world around us. Here are a few ways to create your story and make meaning.

Defining Yourself

You’re the main character in your story, as well as the narrator. That’s a powerful combination. This means that you get to define yourself however you want and bring awareness to your complex and special personality, experiences, and life. When you define yourself, you also become empowered to not let other people define you. Likewise, you can stop defining yourself based on your flaws, diagnoses, history, or anything else that you’re sick of wearing as a shield. Defining yourself is the first step in creating and owning your story.

Write It Out

One way to get in touch with your story is to write about your life as if you’re writing a novel. This will help you to see things from a different perspective, offering creative insight and new revelations about yourself, your history, and your values. 

You Can Always Rewrite Your Story

You’re not at the mercy of your story. You can always rewrite it as you learn, grow, and expand your sense of yourself and the world. Additionally, your story is forever changing. It’s an unfolding adventure and you’re in the driver’s seat. Enjoy the journey, empower yourself, and be the hero of your own tale.

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