Stories Untold - Lives not shared
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.