Neale Orinick

Neale Orinick

What's Your Story?

We all have a story. We may not realize this and even if we did, don't know how to tell our story. You may disagree with me as you read this. You may ask yourself, "what story could I tell about myself that anyone would be interested in?"  

Humans are interested in everything, evidenced by the immense variety of cultures, traditions and customs around the globe. We are interested in ourselves, certainly. How did we become who we are? How did you become who you are? You are a piece of the human puzzle. Take a moment to write down the nouns that describe you. My list would read; mother, sister, writer, triathlete, chocolate lover.  What verbs describe you? I would choose; nuturing, creative, fit. Then it's time to ponder why. Why am I a mother? Why do I love triathlons and chocolate?  As I answer these questions I am telling my story. 

It goes something like this: I grew up in a house full of women, with my mother and three sisters. My brother joined our family when I was a teen, so I was more of a mother to him than a sibiling. I loved having built-in companions, taking care of my baby brother and always felt the call of family and caring for others even when I left home for college. I had a close loving relationship with my sisters and little brother, which makes it easy to see why I wanted to become a mother. 

My parents both placed a very high value on education. My mother was a teacher and I could read before I entered Kindergarten. I fell in love with words. I liked the escape a book provided with adventure, romance and mystery. I wanted so badly to tell my own stories, create my own characters so I pursue a writing life now. It's what I feel compelled to do.

Why do I love training for and racing in triathlons? I believe it's because I was raised with the idea that nothing worthwhile is easy. Through my years of reading every kind of book imaginable I closely identified with characters who faced their fears, or embarked on impossible quests, and whose struggles made them stronger. Pushing my mental and physical boundaries is frightening sometimes, finishing an Ironman once seemed like am impossible quest, but since I did, I am a stronger version of myself. 

That's just a small part of my story. Some times our story can tell us why we have destructive habits like smoking, or why we have trouble controlling our temper. Why are we afraid of dogs, or commitment? Every good book has a dark chapter or two. Telling your story can be revealing in more ways than one. It can explain your love of chocolate, and your fear of of failure. Understanding both can help you regulate your chocolate intake, and overcome your fear of going for promotion or publishing your novel.  

Sharing your story, even if it's only with yourself, can be the best thing you ever do for yourself. Sharing it with loved ones is an act of generousity, and will help them tell their story. You're plot lines are most likely intertwined with family and friends in ways you may never have imagined.  

We all have a story. Tell your story. 


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