A couple of weeks ago I was listening to a favorite jazz station, the music playing in the background. I remember nothing else the deejay said except that each of us is looking to tell our own story. Those words have stayed with me, coming to the forefront when I listen to other people speak, whether in person, on TV, on the radio, or read what they’ve written, or what’s written about them.
It’s as though I’m watching a larger-than-life screening of “This is your life!”, a TV reality show from the 50’s, hosted by Ralph Edwards. Using a scrapbook with photos from the person’s life throughout the years, Edwards surprised the person whose life was featured, with people from his or her past. While not exactly the same, I tend to listen to someone’s story as though I’m looking through a View Master…one slide at a time…click, click…click, click.
I think perhaps we’re all looking for legitimacy. We want to make sure we’ve made our mark, before exiting this life. We want someone to remember that we were here. So we tell our own story…every day. The trick is getting others to listen. And the only way we know for sure is if they engage in conversation…telling us their story. And so it goes…back and forth…round and round.
While most of us engage in modest storytelling, there are those who have taken it to a whole other level…on reality TV. The Kardashians have allowed us to move in with them, and as a result we’re privvy to their successes, and their foibles. In The Biggest Loser the challengers look to us for support and compassion as they wage a desperate fight against obesity. Even in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano encourages us to laugh at his display of idiocy. I’ve heard much of it is reflective of his true self. Maybe he loves playing the fool. Nothing wrong with that. It’s his story, after all.
Blogging is a very good example of storytelling. We’re all telling our own life stories…in our own way…on our own terms…in our own good time. I don’t think we intentionally write to be validated; but we like it when we are. Storytelling is like reruns of our favorite TV show, mine being I Love Lucy. We never tire of telling our favorites. If you’ve read hugmamma’s mind, body, and soul from its inception, you’ve heard me relate some of my stories…
I love your stories! Thank you for telling them. -Theresa
You are too kind, Theresa. But I’ll keep telling them…knowing you’re still reading them. 😉
hugs for one of the nicest things one blogger can tell another… 🙂 …and i’d like to return the compliment. 🙂
Blogging is a great way to tell stories. I find I’m not reading as many books anymore since I’m reading so many blogs, but I really do love them. And their slice of life is much more realistic too.
I’m with you. There are so many great stories on WordPress. Everyone’s more than willing to share their unique experiences and perspectives. And the support amongst bloggers for each other is amazing…and comforting.
And I hope I continue to hear them, too…..
Saw an excerpt from I Love Lucy last night. I laughed until I cried!
Have a great day.
I Love Lucy is like comfort food for the soul. My 25 year old daughter puts on one of the dvds from the collection, when she needs a boost…a laugh. Just bought a couple of books, one to do with what went on behind the scenes of the making of the sitcom, and the other written by Lucy some 30 years before. I’m excited to read both.
hugs for sharing your laughter… 🙂