Typing Out My Story

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A lot has changed in life in the past year. I moved to Tempe, Arizona last August and started going to Arizona State. I moved in with a guy I had only met via the internet and had only video chatted with once.

I was only living forty minutes away from the house I grew up in but it might as well been halfway across the country. Not having a car, I was secluded in a new city I had only been a couple of times before.

Things moved pretty fast and things changed even faster.

The guy I moved in with turned out to be a great friend. The city I moved to turned out to be exactly what I needed.

I got connected to a church and began to explore my faith, getting closer to God more than ever before. I started being happier that I had been in a long time. All because I decided to take a leap of faith; not letting fear hold me down, and move to Tempe.

Even though I can tell that I have changed since then, I never really realized how much.

Writing it out

My new church is really big on knowing and using your story. Where we’ve been and where we are now is a powerful tool to inspire others. It can change how people view things or even change someone’s life entirely.

Wanting to inspire others, I decided to take the time, sit down, and write out my story. I started with how I grew up and continued writing to where I am now.

Now I am not going to be mass emailing my story to everyone I can think of. The purpose, I thought, was to write it out to be able to tell people face to face.

“A focused man working on a sticker-covered laptop in a coffee shop” by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

The real reason

As soon as I started writing I was forced to really look back to where I came from. Not just that but how I grew up and how the experiences I had shaped me into who I am today.

Turning from a way to be able to tell my story to a way to show how far I have come. It really showed me how blessed I am to be where I am today.

It gave me a chance to reflect on how life has been since I moved to Tempe.

Now I am not even close to being done writing my story. I am on the sixth page and assume I will have even more soon. I don’t think of it as an autobiography, those are meant to be published for the masses. I think of it as journalling my past experiences. Being able to share only what I am comfortable with sharing.

I believe everyone should take the time to write out their story. It doesn’t have to be super long. It could be only a page if you can fit it. And don’t think that you don’t have a story to tell either.

Everyone has experiences worth telling. Some need to be told and some don’t. Either way, you never know, your story might just help someone get through the toughest time of their life.