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Once upon a time...*BEEP*
August 9, 2016
When I was a kid, I LOVED stories. I read them. I wrote them. Sometimes my little Sister* and I would dress up and act them out. (*We call each other "Snish" - don't ask.)
I once made a "book on tape" for her, using our clunky old cassette player. It was Snishy's favorite book, "Sammy the Seal." I painstakingly recited each page, re-recording when I screwed up. I even mimicked the "BEEP" sound to remind her to turn each page.
Despite all my labors, Lil' Snish didn't appreciate my recording efforts. Oh hell no. To my frustration, she insisted on the real deal. She wanted LIVE Big Snish, reading out loud to her just as before. I should have been flattered. But that wise little 4-year-old understood something that my "mature" 8-year-old self was already forgetting: The power of story.
Remembering all that got me thinking about all my stories as an adult.
There are the missives I've been repeating to myself over and over for years: "I can't do math. I'm more of a follower than a leader. I'm not brave enough to try 'xyz' in my life." Re-reading these brings me only stress and frustration.
As adults, we tend to value facts and analysis above dreams and aspirations. We sometimes disconnect from one another. Or even ourselves. We're too busy. Or too stressed. To damned "adult" to place high value on all that playful, imaginary stuff. So we dial it in. We make a tape. We miss what's most important.
But look what gets lost when we allow that to happen! We move further from the trans-formative power of imagination.We forget our happier, childhood selves. AND we lose touch with some of our best stories! Relegating them to the compost heap of fantasy inside our tired, adult brains.
BUT when I allow myself to stop "adult-ing". When I relax and follow my natural curiosity. When I let my imagination come out to play.....
*BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP* TURN THE FREAKING PAGE, BABY!
Cuz THOSE are the moments when my precious true stories come back to me. When I reconnect to my MOST joyful autobiography: "I'm happiest when I'm moving. Ice cream is the original super food. I love to build things. I'm a natural born storyteller." These stories tell of my true nature, in in simplest form. These are my core self. When I remember and honor them I feel creative, relaxed, and at peace.
And do you wanna know the best part? I can connect to this library and read to myself whenever I want. You can too! There are always NEW stories to be told, with new unexplored horizons, and exciting truths yet to be discovered.
THAT's the incredible power of stories. And it's there for us all.