Who will you inspire?
Everyone has their own unique life story. Most of us can’t boast to our story’s being incredibly adventurous or death- defying or in any way extraordinary. While the extraordinary life stories are always very intriguing, they are also just not the story of most of our lives.
When we first started this project I had to sit down and write out my own story. I remember wondering how I was going to tell a story about a normal girl, with a normal childhood and a normal family who never really had anything extraordinary happen to her. Who would be interested in that? I resolved to sit down and get it out though, no matter how dreary it may end up being. It wasn’t long before I began to realize that I actually do have a pretty interesting story. I may have never faced death or safaried through the remote African jungle, but I have had a few adventures and life lessons of my own.
In sharing my own, mostly ordinary story, I found that I got a pretty heavy response from several different women. Though, I admit, no one commented on being extremely riveted by my story, many women were inspired by it, if for no other reason than that they were able to relate. A common ground was established between two strangers and the vulnerability that I allowed myself to step into as I shared my personal journey opened the door for a genuine connection with other women. It was such an incredible realization! As women, we are relational to our core. Even if you are an introverted recluse there is a relational longing within you, a need to connect with someone else and find strength, comfort and even inspiration through the trust that comes from sharing ourselves and our lives.
This is why we have made “HERstory” such a central part of the magazine and the blog. It is one thing to read an article about someone that gives you little more substance into who they really are beyond a sound bite here and there. It is a very different thing to read about someone who has allowed themselves to become vulnerable, unguarded and real, even if just for a moment. It is when we glimpse the true heart of someone else that we are suddenly intrigued by them. We appreciate their vulnerability and in return become open to letting our own protective barriers begin to fall as well. It is then that we find someone with whom to share our journey.
Are you someone who is willing to share your story, to let your walls fall and share a piece of yourself in the hopes of making a connection? You may even inspire a connection with someone who is in desperate need of having her soul touched by another to renew a hope in danger of being lost.
I know it seems silly, maybe a little uncomfortable and even insignificant, but you never know who is out there needing to be touched by your ordinary story. And even if you are not compelled to share for the benefit of someone else, share it for yourself. Sometimes it takes putting our own story into words to realize how incredible, challenging and wonderful your journey has actually been!
We would love to know your story, and if you will allow us, we would love the opportunity to share it in the pages of Skin Deep Exposures Magazine. If you would prefer to share your story anonymously or even if you want to share it with only us (the staff of SDE) without having it published anywhere, we would be honored to be invited to be a part of your journey with you!
You can read my story here.
Learn more about Her.story here.