A few months ago, my friend Dan Vigil suggested that I write out my life story. He was helping me market the Japanese Martial Arts Center, and he suggested that by writing out my story as it pertained to martial arts, I might get some ideas for how to present the mission of our dojo.
When the story was written, even I was surprised by how much violence I had experienced as a kid. I shared the story with my sister, and she said she was saddened, but not surprised, by the memories. I don’t feel damaged by the experiences, but I did wonder if being around all that violence was what led to my passion for martial arts. In the end, besides having a therapeutic moment with my sister, I did get some great insights into how to tell the story of JMAC.
Whether you tell your story for therapy, just to share it with people who care about you, or to re-cast your life in a light that helps to embolden and energize you, I highly recommend it. Find a place that helps you write well, grab a tasty caffeinated beverage, and dig in. After all, what’s more interesting than YOU?