3 days ago
The life so short, the craft so long to learn. HIPPOCRATES.
Honing your craft often refers to doing something creative with your words or expression, so I’m rolling with that for these next few chunks of word vomit.
After reading Seth Godin’s, This Is Marketing, I’ve found myself pondering how the stories we tell connect us together and build trust in the communities we seek to impact. I like to think of storytelling as a craft I’m continuously refining through experience and words.
As an open book, both on social media and IRL, it’s easy for me to communicate my 30 years of mishaps, plot twists, failures, wins, and dreams. The more vulnerable I get about the messiness my life has contained (and continues to contain, lezbereal), the more uncomfortable it is for me and my body and my mind, but also the more genuine and real.
Our lives are so short, but they have the potential to be so rich. I like to use Ed as my filter because his life is heartbreakingly shorter than mine. I always ask: what can I do to make his story great? How can I contribute to making him feel completely alive on a daily basis? What would it take for him to knock on death’s door completely satisfied with the life his lived? How can I communicate his story to make people want to rescue a scared little shelter dog, despite the inevitable heartbreak?
Imagine if we asked ourselves those questions? The answers don’t have to be elaborate. For Ed, it’s a long walk and a lot of sniffs several times a day, a tennis ball, and sandy trips to the beach. Keep it simple, but intentional.
So I guess I’m making 2 points:
1. Show up authentically, vulnerably, and often in the way you communicate your story.
2. Live a great story, one that’s true to your values and full of purpose.
BONUS: tell it loudly and without fear of judgment. Even on instagram with a long ass body of text like me 🤦🏼♀️.