My story, their story – our story

“There are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.”
― Leo Buscaglia

My story?

Everyone has a story. Many are filled with an abundance of inspiration and hope, while others seem plagued by sorrow and despair.

But no matter the circumstances or our fundamental place in society, we all have a story to tell. Stories overflowing with challenges and discoveries that eventually form the pages of our personal history books.

I’ve lived on planet Earth now for over four decades. I’ve learned a great deal, lost even more, all while creating a story – my story.

I used to think my story was unique. That no other person could possibly understand how I was feeling or what I was experiencing at any given time in my life.

With some 7 billion people walking the planet, it might seem unlikely that two human beings could possibly share the same life experiences – good or bad.

But regardless of our geographical location or societal status, I truly believe that we all seek the same things out of life. We all long to be loved, accepted, appreciated and the list goes on and on.

And it’s because of those underlying needs that I’ve come to understand that we as humans being are pretty much all the same. That my story, their story, is really our story.

Thanks to the advent of the internet, I’ve been able to connect with individuals all over the globe and discover something quite surprising and somewhat disheartening.

That my story is shared by countless others. To be able to find validation for your feelings is something indescribable.

It unites us with the understanding that we’re not alone in our thoughts, our fears, our challenges. What a comforting thought to know that we’re never in the game alone, isn’t it?

Leo Buscaglia, the recognized advocate for the power of love once said, “The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.”

And while that can be a difficult battle to fight, never forget that in a world of some 7 billion people, there are people we’ve never met who understand our story.