Once the story would have been:
"Watch out for that brown snake or you'll die."
And even though, 99% of the time, it was just a branch, it was an important story to ensure we didn't get bidden by a poisonous snake even once!
Or, the story that once went: "Please every one in the tribe" because otherwise you'd risk rejection and once upon a time, living alone equated to death.
But today, when we live a life of high anxiety, watching out for that metaphorical brown snake, and causing ourselves unnecessary stress, we're most likely telling ourselves a story that isn't true. Or, when we tell ourselves the story that we have to people please or we'll parish, it simply isn't true either.
Or, when we tell ourselves that no one likes us, there are no solutions, and no one will miss us if we cease to exist, it's not facts, but simply a story.
Likewise, when we don't apply for a job, or ask someone out, or go to an audition because we think we're not good enough, it probably isn't true then neither, but, more importantly, it certainly won't kill us to try regardless.
One of the big problems with our stories is that, by and large, no one else cares.
Gravity doesn't care if you tell yourself that car accidents only happen to other people so you don't need a seat belt or wear a bike cycle helmet.
Melanoma doesn't care if you think skin cancer happens to other people as you skip sun lotion.
Cancer doesn't care if you find your unhealthy eating, drinking or smoking habits safe.
Tell stories that help you, not hinder you, and tell stories that consider all the elements that don't care about your story. Tell stories that include risks because you most likely won't die from putting yourself out there.
What's the story you tell yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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This is a daily, micro-blog, taking less than 2 minutes to read, offering you insights into how presumptions, beliefs and stories shape our lives and worldview, for better or worse.