I may have said it before, but it bares repeating in its own story title: “Everyone has a story”>
Where stories come from is people; people all around the globe have personal stories. Some stories are similar, some are outrageous, some are calm and serene with soft messages. They’re all the same and they’re all different.
Stories are of all makes and ideas, but one thing about stories holds true forever: that is, there are actually only a few stories in life, and they’ve all been told and retold. Author Willa Sibert Cather (1876-1947) shared that thought in her 1913 novel “O Pioneers!” when she said, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
What did Cather mean?
She meant two things. The first idea she conveyed was that human beings have such similar existences that they do experience the same things in life through their emotional and environmental situations. We love, we live, we die. But how do each of us do those things? We each have a story.
Especially for storytellers and writers, musicians and artists, the second thing Cather relayed is the most important one. That is, that each person is unique of himself, and that single fact makes it possible for the same story to be told over and over again, from a single, different viewpoint. Although many people may “think alike” on a certain subject, each person has his own unique way of telling the same story. Thus, the “two or three human stories” move along, repeated, but enhanced and renewed, by each unique telling.
What is your story? And how will you tell it?
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