The power of storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful thing.

Not everything gets written down or photographed but stories can always be passed down as long as someone is happy to speak and someone is willing to listen.

For many storytelling perhaps conjures up images of childhood sitting cross legged on the floor as the teacher reads you story or your parents making up a bedtime story where you’re the main character and you save the day.

But there is so much power in the stories we tell about life. It’s how people passed on information, it’s a way of bringing people together and when you tell stories of the past it helps people imagine the way things once her.

My grandparents tell me stories of their lives and my parents too and it’s fascinating. Hearing the stories of people you know is probably the most realistic glimpse into the past you can possibly get.

My focus here is on non-fiction, things that actually happened because that’s the stuff worth remembering.

Singer, Mistress and Spy

We often have a habit of having a very shallow view of popular people. Not in the materialistic sense but instead that we forget to perceive the depth of a human being in these kinds of people.

We take them at face value, as 2D versions of their true selves forgetting to consider that they have whole other lives separate to what we know them for.

Gabrielle Chanel is one of the most iconic fashion designers in history. But before pursuing that career she had her sights set on being a performer (she was also a Mistress to many and a Nazi Spy). It’s an almost strange thought to comprehend.

If you simply look at Chanel for all she achieved in her life time and the luxury brand that still stands today you might end up forgetting that she actually had to work for it.

When you’ve spent a few years pursuing a side hustle that you hoped would becoming your main thing, it’s can be hard to let it go, even when you know it’s not working.

Chanel probably had no chance of becoming who she was if she’d kept on singing.

Don’t ever be afraid to move on to something new.