Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Stories


You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand. ~Irene C. Kassorla


I have always loved reading biographies and autobiographies about various people--Princess Diana, Gypsy Rose Lee, various Presidents, other people of importance who made some sort of significant contribution to the world. I still enjoy reading a good story about someones life. There was just something about reading the story behind the public persona--stories from their childhood that helped mold them into the person they became or antidotes from friends about their true character. Truthfully, I always wanted to write my own autobiography. As a child I would sit and write stories, get family members to fill in the parts I couldn't remember, staple it together or clasp it into a three ring binder with "The Story of My Life" written on a label slapped across the front. Who doesn't dream as a kid of making some huge impact on the world, right? When I did finally make that contribution my story would be ready to be told.

The other day as I was scrolling through some of my blog posts from the past year it dawned on me. I am doing what I set out to do. I AM writing my own story. Perhaps not in the format I envisioned and no, I have not made some huge significant footprint on the world ( I haven't even made a small dent). But over the past year, this blog has become my story--the things that inspire me, thoughts and feelings I am experiencing, hopes, dreams, failures I face. It holds within its archives stories from my childhood, funny situations I've found myself in and disappointments that I have encountered along the way. You stop by daily or every few days to read that story.

The same can be said for all of your blogs. Every day I log in to see how your life is going, what you are going through, what funny story you may have for me, what sort of mouth watering meal you may have cooked up. Every time you post, you share a part of your life with me and the rest of us who frequent your blog. You share your stories, the past who made you into the person you are today and your hopes and dreams for the future. You inspire and encourage me to be a better person, to try something I may not have ever thought of trying, to think of something in a different light, to grow as a both a blogger and a person. You have become my community and my friends.

Thank you all for sharing a part of yourselves through your blogs this year. I have enjoyed reading immensely and I look forward to continuing reading all of your stories (and discovering new ones) as they continue to unfold in the new year. Thank you for reading my story. We are all writing our own autobiographies in a way. We are all authors. We are all in this life together. I can't wait to see what our stories will be in 2009.

I hope you all have a very happy and safe new year!

12 comments:

Stacy said...

What an awesome way to look at blogging! Hope you have a fun, safe and happy NYE! :)

chasinglibby said...

thank YOU. what a lovely sentiment! happy new year!

Nikki said...

I like this... very true.

Happy New Year to you as well!

Andy said...

Well, I am always SUCH a busybody. So, reading other people's blog is satisfying that WITH THEIR PERMISSION. How cool is that?

Happy New Year Mandy!!

jill marie said...

Your comment on my blog made me laugh... I am happy you had a fun new year...I hope you don't think less of me for not having any drinks and sitting on the couch in my pjs texting people... lol!

Alexa said...

wow, i never really thought about it that way but it's true. we are writing our own stories.

happy new year mandy!

Frank said...

Happy New Year!

I like looking at everything I've written over the past year, especially now that I have all of 2008 in blog form. I can look back on what I was doing this day last year and see how far I've come since then. It's wonderful.

Bayjb said...

Happy New Year! I love reading your blog and always appreciate your comments on mine. Cheers!

Auburn Kat said...

What a great post this was!!! It really is completely true...

If someone would have told me that blogging would be such an important part of my life when I wrote my first post, I would have laughed at them! It's weird though because so many people don't know that I blog...it's kind of my other life that people don't know about!

chickbug said...

a wonderful perspective. just what i needed to hear!

Happy New Year!

michellewoo said...

Happy New Year Mandy!

Anna said...

I love this...so true!!

I hope you have a great 2009! ;)