Infusing personal stories
I love personal stories, and I love to hear how other people process challenges and emotions – both the everyday variety and the extremes. And I love stumbling upon them in what feel like unlikely places.
I scan a lot of social media articles and blog posts everyday for work. One of the tools I have for this is clicking on links at Twitter. When I found this blog post by branding/marketing/social media expert Michael Troiano, I expected to read insights related to work. I was delighted, instead, to get a peek into what’s been going on inside his head this summer. Here’s a excerpt:
“You need to accept there are experiences you will not have. That there are things you will not achieve. Even if your life is good – and to be clear, mine is – there are a thousand lives you will not live.
“The way you deal with this realization defines your life’s third act. It can cast a shadow on your routine, or inspire you to bold change. It might open you to new experiences, or push you toward the kind of life-shrinking nostalgia that catches up with us all at some point. On a good day it can drive you to become a better man. On a bad one it will send you slinking into a Porsche dealership.”
You all know I’ve been in quiet contemplation a lot this summer, as well. Seeing how refreshing it was for me to read about the mental escapades of another thinking person reminded me why I’ve been blogging and reading blogs (and poems) for so many years.