And don’t ever be afraid to tell your story.
Don’t ever feel it is too small, too insignificant, too humble.
Don’t ever feel your voice is too faint to be heard. That your words are too shaky to hold their own ground.
The world is already over-crowded with voices of self-importance; voices that make noise but not change. Tired of people telling us what to believe, we put our earphones in and tune them out. We are no longer interested in the ideas and opinions of others; our hearts ache for something more. For connection. For relationship. For something that parallels what we understand about our own lives. To be part of something bigger than ourselves.
Our hearts ache to hear stories.
Stories of those who have fallen, but who withstood all odds to hold steady on their feet once more. Who have shed blood to overcome an adversity of which we still falter in the wake of our mistakes. Whose knees are scraped from the crawl and who have earned every battle scar etched on their triumphant faces and who no longer raise the flag of a victim or a survivor, but instead, a goddamn warrior.
We long to hear stories of those who have gone before and paved the way for us, who have endured transformation to become a catalyst for a new uprising of which our hearts are drawn to. We long to know we are not alone in our suffering, that our pain is validated, that our struggle is understood.
We long to know we are human.
Our stories are what makes us human.
They are the thread that weaves us together, words that collapse from our tongues and carry down through the generations. Our history, our legacy.
I know you feel inadequate, unqualified. I know you feel your voice will never be heard amongst those who shout from the rooftops and mountains. But, my love, your quiet and gentle voice will be what makes the world stop still, and listen. There is power in your story; in the truth you speak to the world; so vulnerable yet so unashamed.
Courage: to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.
Find courage, dear one.
For just as it only takes one stone to create a ripple, so it only takes one voice to create a revolution.
~ ©️ Kathy Parker ~