Sometimes I miss writing about my personal thoughts about things and thus I felt it was time to introduce a new category to the site. In On a Personal Note I will share my own thoughts and feelings on certain topics, although I will try to talk mostly about pop culture, because that is what you are here for so that is obviously what I will mostly write about. But today I want to tell you something about stories, because I feel like it is a very important subject that deserves more attention (because obviously no one ever talks about stories. Doh.)
When I was much younger, I was already incredibly interested in stories. I made up my own, including illustrations, about a dachshund that went to the park. Nothing else happened, but it is something I vividly remember. Ever since that age, I was interested in stories, both fictional and real. I recall being scared because I saw IT on tv and I remember when my dad was reading a book about a dying mother and a boy who had to find a Talisman in order to save her (I looked it up. Apparently it is called The Talisman by Stephen King. Thanks for giving me nightmares, Stephen.) My dad asked me if I would do the same thing for him if he were dying. As a young girl this was a hard question to answer, but I said yes. Point is, stories make you think and stories make you feel and they are so important for our well-being.
We crave stories. We crave information. When bad things happen, we want to know exactly what happened. We want to know the stories and we make up our own stories in our heads as a way of coping. Most of the time that is not a problem, because we each have our own realities and we need that in order to keep our heads above the water. But sometimes we hear stories and we mark them as truth while they may only be our own truth, and sometimes this leads to hate and misunderstanding amongst each other. That is when stories can do more harm than good.
But I mostly believe in the power of stories as a good thing. I am someone who truly loves fiction and reads and writes stories in order to wrap my head around the world around me. There are stories that I love with such a passion that I spend hours in that world, whether it be by reading the books again or visiting places that have something to do with the story. It is also why I am so fascinated by comic cons. People literally dress up as their favourite fictional characters, because the stories, whether it be from films, games or a book, has had such a huge impact on them that for a day they wish to be that character. Some people, mostly those without a huge imagination, find these strange and judge these people. It is not what adults should be doing after all. Some people expect you to conform to convention when you’ve reached a certain age, and they do not approve when you prefer to wander and imagine these other worlds in your head. But they do not know what they are missing. They do not understand the power of stories and the impact they can have on someone’s lives. Because sometimes a simple story can change someone’s life. It can even save lives.
What I am trying to say is that we should use stories more for good things. Instead of spreading false stories or hateful stories we should use them to share good things. We should use them to inform others. We should use them to make others think. Most of all, we should not judge people for a story they enjoy and especially not for the way they try to express their love for a story. Sometimes it is better to escape reality by temporarily living inside of your own head and imagination, especially in these dark times.
So keep sharing stories, whether you write them or read them. Especially now this is so very important.