We are all of us searching for something to light up the darkness we carry around inside of us.
For some people they find that light within another person, within family, within community or within the greater cause of a nation.
For others it is found within the works of others, the solace of a book or piece of music.
There are some who find the light only when they are creating something themselves.
Putting pen to paper, bleeding ink into skin, feeling the warmth of wood being shaped into something of beauty, there are a myriad of avenues Humans have gone down to expend this inner energy we find ourselves carrying within to bring forth something new into the world.
Every single one of these ways of finding the light is of value, and we must not allow anyone or anything to take away the thing which helps us illuminate the darkness.
So fight with all your heart and spirit to keep them alive. They are what will guide us forward into the future.
Stories shape us.
Since the first Humans began to communicate we have been sharing our thoughts, emotions and daily adventures through a host of mediums; cave paintings, pottery and simple drawings in the dirt.
The stories we tell ourselves and others help us to understand the world, to expand our limited perceptions and reach out across the void and touch, however briefly, the life of another, real or imagined.
The most important thing all of us can do is continue to share these stories for they are the bedrock of community.
Whether you are a writer, musician or painter never stop sharing because now more than ever, Humanity needs your stories.
There is so much beautiful wisdom hidden within the pages of novels and I find they are simply not shared enough.
The stormlight archives by Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite series, here are some great quotes from his characters(A.K.A himself:D)
“The most important words a man can say are, “I will do better.” These are not the most important words any man can say. I am a man, and they are what I needed to say.
The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.
But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination. To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.
I’m certain some will feel threatened by this record. Some few may feel liberated. Most will simply feel that it should not exist. I needed to write it anyway.”
Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself. Someone has to start.