We’re All Stories.....
We all write our own stories...
Short Novella? Epic Trilogy? Journal? Biography? Romance? Thriller? Crime? Comedy? Science Fiction? Fantasy? Adventure? Art work? A narrative? A tragedy? A “how to” manual?
All of the above?
Are we the writer and illustrator?
So the list goes on...
Yes, I’m capable of going off on random thoughts, but I can remember the guidelines I’ve placed upon myself in this self imposed part of my book.
Each chapter might represent a different genre.
Each page may represent a glimpse of what and who we are.
But the authenticity should never change. Our covers and dust jackets may be shiny and like new, or torn and a bit tattered around the edges. Sure, they have also changed across the years.....
But we don’t need to write a masterpiece, or even live one!
What matters for our stories to be well read? Our content needs to be true, even in a fictional sense... and we also need to be the “holder” of the pen!
Inside our life books, we also have a memo or chapter, regarding our stints maybe as guests and also as hosts. Life hosts, as well as Airbnb hosts. Both complex, both demanding physically and emotionally and both time rich!
But if I step back from this blinkered and personal book of mine, I can see that everyone else belongs to a unique story, their own book.
I like to visualise that we are all blossoming as individuals and staying on our chosen paths.... because that would bring us all to a better conclusion. Mind you, our chosen path is not necessarily chosen by us.....That bit of satire, is one of life’s subplots! Nor can we cheat and look at the last page to see how it will end....
But no story is without pain or anxiety, nor the more negative and less desirable traits we mere mortals possess. But collectively, our fragility in this global book we are writing together, is palpable. Not just because we are the subjects... but because we care about the storyline.
So maybe if we cut through the refuse and clutter... the sub plots of politics and religions, we can find standing room to see the view. Once we have a clear focus, and strive to stride along our chosen paths, then we breathe better... more deeply.
With 2020 just around the corner, let’s all celebrate that we have been able to write and live our stories for 2019.
Some here in the CC may have suffered, but we are still here - making us all success stories.
The Community Centre has brought us together in many a short paragraph, pun or problem. We skim through the pages and dislike or love what we read. We can fume and get incensed by something, or laugh till our belly aches....
We are also saddened by some stories, too powerful in how they move us! We may take turns from being the writer to the reader, from being deeply involved to voyeur viewing.
This book, or even the illustrated comic - is living, breathing, evolving. We come here, we head off elsewhere, on another story, we return! Hard to keep up with all the characters and the sub plots. But never dull.....
So, with 2020 on the horizon, have you considered your ongoing blog, or insightful next chapter? Don’t panic, not all great stories need to be planned or even storyboarded .....
As said by The Doctor, (Season 5, Episode 13) on the TV show, Dr Who:
“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh!”
Disclaimer and apology: I could not fit every CC member’s profile image into my photograph. You are not forgotten, just maybe you are on the previous, or next page.... 🙌🏼😊
@Cathie19 and Garry, what an incredible...Story and collage of so many here in CC.
How has this escaped the view of so many who have been reading stories the last 13 hours since you posted this?
Here's to breaking your drought.
To those who are included in @Cathie19 collage I hope to see you all tagging in here.
Cheers! Campai! Hip hip Hooray!
All the very best for 2020 everyone here , there and everywhere
Central To All Home & Location
@Cathie19 thanks for concern re my hand.
I've had a check up and the surgeon laughed when he saw me as I was originally down for an ultrasound only to be wheeled straight in to theatre at the time of my hospital visit and I questioned them what the heck was going on amongst other things.
The senior consultant had overidden the ultrasound without my been told! He'll keep as I'm sure I'll meet him at some stage - he's nice guy who one of my Guests has meet when he was in NZ for a work related conference..
I also snatched the ice-block they swerved in front of me when I came to & said "I'll have that thanks!" :;)
It's healing alas slowly, another check up in a couple more weeks and fingers crossed all's ok as there's a possibility of a skin graft if it's not doing as it should be.
I was incredibly blessed to have surgery as promptly as I did in light of the unfortunate events associated with the Volcanic eruption at White Island.
@Cathie19 I have a photo I would like to upload. A window pops up, I’ve never seen it before, asking me for “the source”. How did you upload the photo? @Lizzie @Stephanie ... is this an upgrade?
when I click on the camera icon a window pops up “Insert/Edit Image” Did anyone see this before? And what do I do?
@Cathie19 @This’ll is going to be an amazing conversational piece with all my future Airbnb guests, family and friends. I only had 3 guests so far, yet I feel like I am holding a diploma. You are simply wonderful. You touched so many of us. Keep giving.
@Cathie19 Oh how lovely and I am in there! That picture of Bob and I was taken in Paris when we were enjoying a wine and a coffee at a bistro before catching the Eurostar train back to London. A woman at the next table asked if we would like our picture taken as we both looked so happy! It was taken a while ago and our "dust jackets" are now starting to look a bit tatty and wrinkled ....
I wish you and your family a very happy and contented 2020 and thank you for all your contributions to this CC.