Written by, You

It’s easy to feel that sometimes we are at the mercy of life’s circumstances. And let’s be honest, some moments we are. But moments are fleeting, and it’s important to keep in mind that you are the author of your life. While life may throw circumstances your way, you get to determine how each chapter ends. You get the last word. If your business goes under, if you get fired, go broke, or get dumped, that’s not where the chapter has to end. You write the last line. You also write the opening paragraph of the next chapter.

When you write your story, it’s not all going to be pretty rainbows and butterflies, because that’s not real life. There will be ugly parts, parts of you and your story that you are not proud of, but that’s okay. The lines in our story, even the chapters of our story, do not make us who we are. They are a part of us, but they are not all of us. If you don’t like how your story is unfolding, write a new one. Change the plot, the setting, the characters, and even yourself if you wish. You get to choose how you react to life’s curve balls.

Life is complicated; we are complicated. That’s the beauty of it. But underneath all of those complications is a really pure version of who we are. This version is always doing the best it can. This version grows and changes, and we, the authors, get to determine how to navigate through the lessons learned, the plot twists, and the overarching desire to matter.

Don’t write your story through the eyes of others. Share their perspective, consider others’ ideas, but it’s YOUR story. You define the meanings; you determine when you’ve succeeded and when you’ve failed. You decide who you are and where you’re going to take your story. When someone criticizes you or tells you that you’re not enough, that’s their story. Don’t make their story your story.

When you embrace your title as author of your story, you empower yourself. You take back control of the parts you have control over. You determine if your story is a tragedy, comedy, drama, mystery or some exciting mixture of all of these. Your non-fiction tale is yours for the telling. It’s your gift in life. There is no editing, there are no re-writes. There is one story. Write it well. Live it well.

Share in the comments section one of your favorite “lines” in your story.

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  1. Wow, beautiful post April! It’s like you’ve been reading my mind. My favourite line is “I get to be who I want to be, not who people think I should be”. Thank you for sharing your powerful thoughts, more people need to read this.

  2. You have such a gift with words! April you are amazing. Every post you write touches on profound truths and makes them accessible. I loved your line, “Don’t let their story, be your story.” I keep having to put my blinders back on and do my path, not get swayed by everyone else. Here’s a favorite line: “You just have to do one thing, no matter what anyone else says. It’s your life.”

    • I love your analogy, Jul’s, of putting blinders on. Sometimes that’s exactly what we need to do to get through all the noise and head down our own path. I love your line, too…It IS your life! <3

  3. That’s a gorgeous idea. One of my faves from my story is: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear.”

    • What a GREAT line, Pam!! I haven’t heard that one before, but that’s a good one…something more important than fear…LOVE IT!!

  4. Absolutely love this and I just want to quote so much of it and also hang it on my wall for the times I might forget!!

  5. There is such beauty in the complicated! Thank you for the encouragement to share my story!

  6. such a gorgeous beautiful post! wow, april. “If you don’t like how your story is unfolding, write a new one. Change the plot, the setting, the characters, and even yourself if you wish.” an effective and inspiring way to convey the importance of writing one’s own life story.

  7. Thank you for the reminder:
    “Your life is a movie. You are the main character. You say your scripts and act to your lines. Of course you do your lines in each scene. There is a hidden camera and a director who you can ask for help anytime up above.”
    ― Diana Rose Morcilla

  8. I love your positive perspective on this…so much truth to it! Thank you

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