TELL YOUR STORY
If you don't tell your story, someone will. They may or may not cover all what you wish they did.
They may share more than you'd be comfortable with.
If you don't tell your story, you remove the chance of being seen as a complex, layered human that you are : always changing, always learning, always expressing.
When you spend time with art of any kind : books, music, poetry, photos, there are chances that you'll come across someone telling a story that very much represents yours. Someone you've never met, someone you may never meet.
Someone who has no idea you exist.
All that binds you both, in that moment, is the story.
Your (plural) story.
It's because of this simple human moment, the shared histories and silent acknowledgements that I often feel that not telling your story does you, and your community a disservice.
I've found myself writing a lot more about race and immigration. About travel. About therapy. About creativity.
I started writing because that's how I processed the world around me. Now I write because I feel that the stories I get to share are not only mine. This life isn't only mine.
No matter where I go, who I am with, I carry all the stories that come with my identity.
This collection of essays--The Good Immigrant (US) - - is a pearl in the sea of stories that anyone who is making a new home should read.
You may never meet these wrirers. They may not look like you.
But you know what love, loss, fear, pain, truth, anger, and being human feels like.
Because we all are these stories. And more.
Tell your story. Your voice deserves to be heard. .
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