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Sharing Your Story

Heroes In Recovery
| August 18, 2011

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” | Robert McKee, creative writing instructor

Let’s take a trip back to childhood. Some of the first lessons we learned about life came from the stories we listened to as children. The Boy Who Cried Wolf taught us the dangers of lying. The Three Little Pigs was a lesson in hard work. The Ugly Duckling served as a reminder that sometimes you find beauty in the most unexpected places.

Now it’s time to share your story. Sure, it may not feature a cast of blind mice or magical beanstalks, but you’ve got something even more valuable to share with others – real life experience.

One of the best ways to organize your thoughts and experiences is to write them down. Sometimes sitting down to write can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Write for you. Write what you would want to read. You don’t have to be a brilliant author, just share your story the same way you’d have a conversation with a friend. Be real and genuine. Focus on what makes you different from others, not what makes you the same. Many times your unique challenges, triumphs and experiences are the exact things someone reading your story will really relate to. Be honest. Write about what’s important to you, not what you think someone expects or wants to hear. Just be you. It’s your story – and nobody knows it better than you do.

We want to help you find your voice. Feel free to read some of the Heroes stories and let them inspire you to tell your friends and neighbors about how far you’ve come. We’d also love for you to share your story with us! Find us on Facebook and tell us about your strides in recovery so we can celebrate with you! And connect with us on Twitter and stay up-to-date with our Heroes in Recovery movement.

Wherever you are on your recovery journey, we’re there with you!

 

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