They say there are two sides to every story. Well, I think there are many sides to that “same story”. Besides the people who were involved, the bystanders have their own perspective, version. So every person emotes and relates to the same story in different ways, which is reflected in their storytelling.
Some stories reflect people’s struggles, lows, weaknesses, addictions and darkness. But, the vantage point must be the transformation, the courage, the determination; which is often lost when you mix the facts with emotions and judgements.
We all have been judged and we are still busy judging others (be it silently), then how can our stories be authentic, how can we represent a story character, why do we get to decide who is the villain, victim or hero.
We need to be brave to tell our story, kind to tell another person’s story and wise to refrain from telling some stories, as it’s not your story to tell!!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. —Theodore Roosevelt”
Mind your wings