Saturday, 26 July 2014

Tell Me A Story

    How are you? What have you been up to? Anything exciting going on? How was your week? These are questions that we all get asked on a regular basis (although please leave me answers in the comments, I’d love to hear them!). And why? Why are we all so curious about other people’s lives?

     Humans are social beings. While some of us do like to have alone time every now and then, we thrive on interaction and attention from others. Knowing that someone else takes a genuine interest in your life is a confidence booster and lets you know that there are people who care about you and your wellbeing. And we take interest in the lives of others because of all the ways in which they differ from our own. The world is such a diverse place, and anything that we cannot experience firsthand, we want to hear about from others. Be it an epic adrenaline fuelled adventure from travelling abroad, or a silly tale about a child’s mishap, we live vicariously through others, or are inspired to go out and do these things ourselves.

     Because what humans really need are stories. We are a species of storytellers, finding inspiration around us and embellishing on it to create tales that bring people joy or sadness, laughter, excitement or tears. Theatre and literature have been around for hundreds of years, and have expanded into all the various forms of media we have today, and these things wouldn’t have survived for so long if we didn’t enjoy and appreciate them as we do. Stories can reflect the world around us or allow us to escape it for a time, making the impossible seem possible. They can present us with new ideas and ways of thinking, or inspire to go out and do something daring. Stories can be anything we want them to be, because they are just that – stories. Not fact or truth necessarily, just tales that we wish to tell or hear.

     So whether you write it down as an epic novel, or whisper a brief anecdote to a friend, tell your stories.


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