March #SOL17 Day 1
We hear things.
We see things.
We notice things.
I heard an interview between Dan Rather and Benicio Del Toro this past weekend that made me say those words out loud, over and over. Benicio was talking about his career as an actor and recalling when he spoke to a group of Latino college students in L.A. He implored them to write their experience; to tell their story as if it were about the Queen of England, with that much pride and with that much ego. He wanted them to really care about their stories and to put themselves out there.
I stopped rinsing the breakfast dishes and I stood in the kitchen, dead in my tracks as I heard this. I sat down and re-wound the exchange between the two men so that I could hear these words once, twice, three times. I wrote them down. Benicio; you are speaking my language, I whispered to myself.
What is my story? Is it interesting? Is it worth telling? Why do we bother?
I do have a story. It may not be interesting, but it is important and worth telling.
We bother so that we don’t forget.
We bother so that others can hear and possibly relate.
We bother because our stories are all that we have.
Benicio ended the interview by saying this to Dan….”It falls in the hands of the storytellers.”
Fellow Slice of Life writers; it’s time to tell our stories – it’s in our hands.
And, it is so worth it.