Finding similarities with other people helps us live happy and healthy lives. Your journey may feel ordinary to you, but it might seem extraordinary to someone else. Every story shared is a chance to make someone feel less alone.
I myself have felt firsthand the healing power of sharing my story – of being vulnerable – of admitting my weaknesses and my pains as well as my victories – in front of a group of strangers. There is just something about sharing it that makes me feel heard and validated and when I let it out, it makes me feel like someone cares. It’s my opportunity to get it out instead of holding it in.
Do you have story that needs to be shared? Just for you?
Maybe there’s some healing you need to do. And telling your story to the world is just part of the process. If so, here is some encouragement before sharing your story.
- No need to question “should you share your story”. It’s important. It matters. It doesn’t have to be “good enough” to share. Don’t believe the lie that says someone else had it worse. This isn’t for them. It’s for you. Share your truth anyway.
- Before you share, find the silver lining. We might not be on the other side of our story, but we can find a way to find some good in where we stand right now. Even the idea of hope is enough.
- Have an objective in mind. We tend to ramble when we share our stories if they aren’t planned out in advance. Make sure you have a clear outline. Remember in grade school, before you write that book report we have to outline our essay before we write even a rough draft?
- Practice! It will take some time to get used to telling that story before you’re ready to launch it on a bigger platform. Practice your story in a safe environment. Perhaps even get some feedback. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing within your circle, reach out to me (email@example.com) and I can and will help!
- Surround yourself with people going through the same journey. It’s always nice when you have others trying to share their story too. You can help each other along the way. If you don’t have a warm safe place to nurture your story and watch it grow, I hope to launch an online community on this website but until then find me on social media (@shesgotlupus) or email me and lets talk!
Shes Got Lupus is here to help you to learn, process, and share stories. We’d love to help you find the power in your story. Visit the Share Your Story page by clicking here,
Rosadela Durruthy is founder of She’s Got Lupus, a non profit organization aimed to improve the lives of those living with chronic illnesses by advocating for mental health, healthy living and raising awareness.