THE ART OF STORY TELLING — LESSON 1: WE ARE ALL STORY TELLERS

EXERCISE 1: EXPRESSING MEMORIES

Part A: Think of a memory that you remember vividly. It should be something that comes easily to you.

I was 6 years old when I first saw the sea.

I remember being too excited when dad told us he would treat us with a week on Cancun. After shouting and celebrating I made my bags in record time, even though we didn’t take the plane until two weeks time passed. Even so, my joy stayed the same.

Once the actual day of the travel arrived, I couldn’t sleep. I kept waking up in the middle of the night, looking to my clock because I didn’t want to miss the flight. Obviously, with mom’s punctuality, that wouldn’t be an issue, but well, I was a kid.

I don’t remember much about the airport and the travel itself, but I do remember the moment we got into the vans that would take us to our hotel, and the big, tall, palm trees planted on the side road. I had never seen that kind of trees before, so I yelled, once again.

Nevertheless, such emotion didn’t compare to the one I got when we passed the palm trees and a horizon of pure turquoise appeared in front of me. The first though that crossed my mind was “Wow! This cannot be real!”, and according to mom, my first words were, “It looks like a painting!”

I don’t think I could ever forget that.

Part B: Why do you think you remember this so well? Try connecting one or more emotions to this memory.

It is a happy memory of my childhood.

Those experiences are the first glimpses you get of the outside world. In my case, seeing something like Cancun’s sea allowed me, in a child’s way, to dream even more.

Part C: Now try and express your memory and emotion in some way. The goal is to get it out of your head.

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