#010 | Your untold story

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”


This quotation sums up the very essence of this Write Your Heart Out project. It’s true: Everybody is a story. We are dying for people to know who we are, what we think, our stance on social, political, and general current issues. I haven’t scrolled though my timeline on facebook in months because there are just too many unwarranted opinions about everything. It’s like being in a digital Time’s Square; you’re surrounded by messages whether you want them or not.

But at the root of it, we just want to bear that story inside of us—for people to know us and our stance in life. It’s hard to hold it in. Our words—our opinions and comments—are an expression of who we are. It’s part of our story, and it hurts to keep it in. So because times have changed, we’re not just writing these personal thoughts in a journal, we’re posting it online. We feel it’s important that people know what team we want to win the championship and why, what we think about that celebrity and what they did, our opinion about race, religion, and political current events.

Despite how I feel about social media: it’s important to get it out. It’s therapeutic. My only challenge to you today is for you to also keep these feelings, thoughts and opinions somewhere where you can revisit them years from now to track how you’ve learned and perhaps grown (because I’m pretty sure you’re not saving all those cathartic Facebook entries that express your true inner workings of today).


So think about it: what else is part of you story outside of the short two-cents you put on your social media page? How can you add to that?


Today’s assignment is simply to rewrite and maybe add to those thoughts and ideas in your own offline journal.


Today’s words are by Maya Angelou, one of my greatest inspirations and the epitome of a renaissance woman. An author, poet, dancer, actress, filmmaker and singer, Maya was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She died May 20, 2014 because she was finished her work here.