Stories Untold - Lives not shared

Things are not always what they appear to be.
Things are not always what they appear to be.

There is a sadness in stories untold. Sad because the stories that shape us, encourage us, mold us, and lead us forward in life, are those stories others could tell and simply do not, for whatever reason.

Stories that are told help to fill in the blanks of mysteries in our past.

Sometimes the stories that could be shared are not good ones. Still, they should be told. One tragedy from the past can change the future to be free from such tragedies. One relationship from the past, unknown to others, can fill a cavernous vacuum in those left in the dark.

I have known those who had so much to share, yet held it all close to their chest, and now, sadly they are gone, along with all the wisdom they could have imparted and the history their friends and family will never know.

It is hard to free yourself from guilt or guilty pleasures - writing things down can do just that. It is out, and you are free. Others are grateful of your caring and sharing.

Children will have happier lives, because they know what has and has not happened to make them who they are. Adults who are not related will identify with your story and you will have had a positive impact.

Some folks will understand more fully why they do what they do and either be happy and move forward or take steps to eradicate unnecessary baggage in their lives.

I believe that if those who think they just "might" have something to say, would say it, all would benefit.

So, if you have "stories" untold - it is time to tell them. If you are insecure about letting others know who you are...use a pen name. But share. It is one of the greatest gifts any of us has to give.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Your hub made me think of something. My Dad had never told me that when he had left the Navy he wanted to become a police officer. After he passed away I wrote to Ottawa to get all his paperwork from his Navy days and was so surprised to read about his plans when he left the Navy. I have always wondered why he had kept this to himself.


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Not everyone feels untold stories are important. Some people could care less. It means so much to us, because we are writers/journalist--it is what we do, tell stories. It is our passion. Great love hub.


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana Author

Thank you so much Susan. I understand the unanswered questions. Perhaps the problem lies partly in the questions we asked. I recall, my dad, also a Navy man, would answer my questions with a closed statement every time. I once asked him if he believed in God. His response was, "Yes, and that's all you need to know." Later on my mother told me that my dad had to stand in the bread lines during the depression and blamed God.

PenMe, you are so right, some do not see value in telling their history. I think asking could be the key. My parents did not talk much at all. I seldom asked questions. Now that they are both gone, I ask my Aunt (Mother's sister) all kinds of questions and at 90 years old, she is so happy to answer. "Ask more, ask more" she will say to me. I love it. I am learning so much about my family, that would be lost if I didn't ask.

I so much appreciate the comments from both of you. I wish you happiness and peace in all you venture to do.

Thanks for the vote, too!


PenMePretty 5 years ago

My pleasure...the best to you...


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epigramman 5 years ago

..and you are sharing one of your greatest gifts - your writing ...... and this is a hub story told and shared with lives which have been enriched by your words .......

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PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Second read...great!


Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi Pixiedust to dust and knot to knot: We are all a little saddened by those stories untold and wonder, wonder if only we had asked. The mystery of family is a familiar unbroken code, we need it to see our future better……but alas the silent majority have a win from time to time….its in the genes of our generations. I love the theme that says WAKE UP and tell your future generations of their very own personal past. Now telling a truthful story in politics could awe us all, but alas the challenge is a political impossibility lest they incriminate themselves…..great hub great idea.


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Pixienot 3 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana Author

Thank you so much for your input. :) to you

I commented on my profile page. I hope you get that one!

You are appreciated!

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