What’s your story?

♪ Don’t wait, act now / This amazing offer won’t last long / It’s only a chance to pave the path we’re on  ♪

The photo above reminds me an awful lot of Terra Naomi’s “Say It’s Possible” song, which rose to internet fame while I was at YouTube. The version that I recall is below, and it was incredible to me that so many people pitched in to make the video happen:

Which of course got me to thinking about the difference one person can make. We are always weighted down by our doubts, and I myself am guilty of this as much as anyone else. We worry, and we fear, and we forget what really matters to us in this all-consuming spiral of confusion from which we feel that we will never be able to crawl out of because we are incapable of doing so on our own. The script in our head changes from being the luckiest person in the world to being the sorriest person on the planet.

When this happens, or you feel this starting to happen: STOP. The only person you are hurting is yourself. We are all actors on the stage of the most important film we’ll ever see – our life. Our brains are hard-wired to look for stories, as I mentioned before, and I do not want to paraphrase what I found to be the most important aspects of that article so I’ll quote it below (emphasis mine):

The stories our leaders tell us matter, probably almost as much as the stories our parents tell us as children, because they orient us to what is, what could be, and what should be; to the worldviews they hold and to the values they hold sacred. Our brains evolved to “expect” stories with a particular structure, with protagonists and villains, a hill to be climbed or a battle to be fought. Our species existed for more than 100,000 years before the earliest signs of literacy, and another 5,000 years would pass before the majority of humans would know how to read and write.

Stories were the primary way our ancestors transmitted knowledge and values. Today we seek movies, novels and “news stories” that put the events of the day in a form that our brains evolved to find compelling and memorable. Children crave bedtime stories; the holy books of the three great monotheistic religions are written in parables; and as research in cognitive science has shown, lawyers whose closing arguments tell a story win jury trials against their legal adversaries who just lay out “the facts of the case.”

♪ Don’t wait, act now

 In a different study than the one regarding legal closing arguments, science has shown that fiction is more persuasive than non-fiction.Which is why you need to acknowledge that the doubts, worries, and confusion are a fiction your brain is fabricating, and you can turn it off and change the script whenever you want. Even if you are suffering, you have the choice to resign yourself to it or to actually work towards changing your situation. Until you die, the choice to change is always within you.

Essentially, the point of it is you can be anyone you choose to be. So choose wisely – choose to be happy, choose to be surrounded by love, choose to be lucky. After all, this is your life’s story, why would you choose anything else?

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