“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” – Harley Davidson
By: Jean Flores
We all have a story; a story that is continuously being written as we go through life’s journeys deriving from both our triumphs and hardships. With every story comes chapters telling the tales of those said journeys. Some are delightful and enticing to read, while others are the complete opposite with heart-wrenching stories that you ache from just the memory of. Those are the experiences that not only make up the story of your life, but also shape you into the person that you are now. What you go through in life, and how you go about it, determine the integrity of your character, and bear in mind, your character is always changing. You are not the same person you were in earlier chapters, for better or worse, because no moments are the same. The truth of the matter is that as humans, we are not made to be perfect. We undergo waves of emotions that lead to the choices we make. Sometimes good choices, sometimes really bad ones. The ultimatum is that those are the choices that make you who you are. In a world where nothing goes wrong, there would be no room for growth, no room for development, and above all, no room for individuality. Who would you be? Where is your character? What would your story be then?
You may not be in control of your destiny – because let’s face it, no such luxury exists – but you are in control of your story. Your story is yours to look back on and to look forward to. Old chapters play as a reminder of how far you’ve come in times of doubt, and new chapters play as reassurances that new chances to create more memories await. So live on and create. Take risks, make mistakes, get your heart broken, confess hidden feelings, feel the weight of the world, then carry on with moments of euphoria to signify strength, hope, and purpose. Again, those are the moments of your life that make your story so distinctively yours and yours alone. No person is the same as no story is the same. It is up to you to let the demons of your past chapters work for or against you. You have your whole life to compose better chapters filled with better feelings, better people, and most importantly, a better you. Allow yourself to keep on writing – keep on living – even in times of despair. Keep going. Keep writing. You are the author of your life story, so make it one worth remembering. You’ll never know who you’ll inspire.