“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
There are no words for me to express how true this quote from Maya Angelou reflects my own life. I’ve had a story, a journey, crying out within me for years, desperate to be heard. I’ve made my efforts to tell my story at various seasons in life, but those moments have been few and far between. Blending in and being comfortable is often the easiest way for me to keep from being hurt.
How often do we miss opportunities to live an extraordinary story, for fear that we will fail and be heartbroken?
Most people in my life would say that I’m a dreamer and that I take risks (maybe even too many risks). What they don’t know are all the untold stories within me that I dismissed, fearful that my past failed dreams would reincarnate into my next story of life. No one else knows the choices I’ve made to drop the pen and paper, resorting to leaving my next chapter unfinished.
We all have a story to tell. I don’t care how broken, how messed-up, or how dysfunctional you may be. You have a story to tell that has yet to be written.
A couple years ago, I gave up on writing. It seemed like a waste of time, especially because I knew my work would probably never be appreciated. The fear that no one would read by writing kept me from sharing my story and from being an active voice in my day and age. Fear of failure, fear of being irrelevant, and fear of being a lesser-known artist has always scared the dickens out of me.
Yet, we can always choose to begin, even if it’s a small beginning. The choice to begin writing, even if no one read my work, was what it took for me to begin sharing my ideas, my thoughts, and my story. To this day, I’m grateful that I stepped into the unknown and began this journey. I have no idea where God is taking me or my work, but I’m grateful for the joy that it brings to my life.
You have a voice, as well. Maybe it’s not writing, but you have a story to be told that is living within you. Maybe your story scares you to death, but choosing to keep it within you will destroy your very soul. We aren’t created to go through the motions or to conform to a social construct. We were created to live, to move, to create, and to bring hope to a hurting world.
What is the story burning inside you?
What choices do you need to make, even if they scare you?
What is holding you back from stepping into your next chapter of life?