There Is No Agony Like Bearing An Untold Story Inside You

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“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou What is it that holds us back from telling our stories? Do we fear judgment? Do we wonder too much what people think? So eager to share our triumphs, our trails do not get the same recognition.

At the age of eleven, I started participating in the plays at my school. I figured that it would be something fun to do after school. I had no idea that it would turn into the hobby that would change my life. I went on to study theatre in high school. I was being trained in different techniques (techniques that a fifteen year old black girl ordinarily might not have had access to). I was meeting people and making connections that I would have never made outside of the theatre. Theatre became something deeper than just getting on stage and reciting lines. It was a way to connect to something bigger than myself. The theatre had become my therapist.

Participating in physical work and performing showed me something that every woman should be aware of. Theatre showed my how much energy I carried and ultimately how much potential I had. I was made aware that because I am here, because I have a name and a spirit, I have a story. Because I have a body and a voice, I am a story-teller.

No matter what you’ve been through, you have a story to tell. It doesn’t matter what tools you use to tell you story, it should be told. The good, the bad, the ugly and the painful; they are all crucial chapters in the books that we call our lives. There’s no sense in keeping your experiences in. We are all connected by something. Tell your story to heal. Tell your story to conquer your fears. Tell your story to inspire others. So, how do you start? Just find someone to tell.

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