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"I think stories are necessary, just as necessary as food and love. It's how we make meaning of our lives." — Chimamanda Adichie
I want to learn something new every day. Lately I've been feeling a little lost intellectually — partially because I have a three-week old (but mostly because I recently discovered Scandal (Olivia Pope's outfits!!)), my brain has regretfully shrunk. I'm also a big reader but just haven't been keeping up with my typical reading schedule. I'm really feeling it. But. I discovered the TED Radio Hour on NPR. Do you listen to it? The most recent show surrounded the topic of stories:
Stories ignite our imagination, let us leap over cultural walls and cross the barriers of time. They affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others. In this hour, TED speakers explore the art of storytelling — and how good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.
I could not agree more. More times than I can count, a story (whether it be from the lips of someone I know, or from words on a page) has altered my judgement, pricked my humanity, and I hope I can truly say — changed my life. I cannot wait to dive into these segments, learn, and feel a little deeper about the chemistry and purpose of storytelling.
But only after I'm caught up on Season 3.