Contributing [Lifestyle] Writer
As we have been told history is his or her story. Whether it belongs to him or her, all of us are history due to our experiences and creative minds. History does not have to be American or World History with timelines of events in sequential order, but simply one’s own experience from day to day life. No one’s story is too minute to be told or too unimportant to be ignored. We all own the right to our narratives even if we are not a professional novelist, poet, or griot.
However, as we own our own stories, and as they are told and developed, they trail from one ear to the next like the wind, and possibly overtime they become diluted. Unfortunately, their original substance can be lost. This is why writing, documentation, and audio recording are so important. It, in some fashion protects us from twisting stories that can later result in almost eradicating the truth.
The best storyteller is the one who holds the story. So, in essence, it is fundamental for us share our stories with the world. We own them. They are ours and deserve to be heard and marked as historical events.
We must tell and record our own stories. If not, then others will be writing and narrating our stories for and about us. In doing so, this can eliminate the substance and falsify the purpose of our intent to inform and inspire the world. Blemishes should not be painted on our works; thus it is necessary to take advantage of our rights to our own storytelling.
By Sonja Mattison