First of all, thank you. No matter how you made it to this corner of the internet, I’m so glad you’re here.
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while now, but I never took the time to figure out what exactly I wanted to share with the world. Over the past few weeks, after scrolling through politically charged posts and watching people march to their capitals (for reasons both justified and incomprehensible), I realized that I didn’t just want to talk. I wanted to say something. And I wanted to listen.
I ended up here: a blog that operates on the belief that we all have something to say—and not just “something,” but something important. We all have a story that nobody else can tell.
The more time I spend absorbing the same messages that echo around social media, the more I gravitate towards books, real people, stories. The information circulating right now is undoubtedly vital. We need to know the reality of how our country operates if we hope to ever change it, but while facts, statistics, and overused quotes may be necessary to see, they cannot make people care.
It is too easy to look at a staggering number and not see the faces behind it. It is too easy to forget numbers and even names. That is the power of stories. They show people the true impact of those numbers, the true value of all the lives we have lost to police brutality and Coronavirus and every other atrocity we’ve seen on the news. They humanize the facts and numbers we have become desensitized to. Stories inspire change.
Of course, this isn’t to say that every story sparks a nationwide movement. Some will simply put a smile on a person’s face, bring tears to their eyes, or make them want to share it with someone else. But for at least a moment, all good stories spark some emotion. They remind us that we are human.
It’s no secret that the world needs changing. So let’s all share our stories and watch as they create a world we want to live in.