I’ve been reaching out to people I admire to share their why bother stories – the times in their lives they felt stuck or lost or despairing – big or and small – and what turned things around.
Today’s story is from the beautiful Chrissy King.
Early on when I started writing and sharing, I felt like no one was listening or reading, and I sometimes wondered why I was even creating content. I looked around at so many incredible writers and wondered why I was even trying. Who would ever read my work when there were so many more talented and more established writers already talking about similar topics, especially when I didn’t have any formal education in writing?
Along the way, I realized that all of our voices are important. No one can say the thing in the way I can. I believe every single one of us has a unique gift to share, and there are specific people we are supposed to reach with our gifts, should we decide to indulge the world. We all have magic within us, and someone has been waiting for us to unleash it into the universe. All of our voices matter, and collectively, we have the power to create change and bring more love into the collective.
And in the words of Audre Lorde, “I write for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” I’m so excited about writing projects that I’m currently working and honestly just living my life authentically and honestly. I went through a tremendous amount of transition the past 18 months including the death of my father and the separation from my partner of 15 years. Although all of the events have been extremely challenging, I realize that through these circumstances, I’ve found liberation.
I’ve found the freedom and the space to decide how I truly want to live and to work towards creating that life. The unexpected passing of my father is a constant reminder to me that our human existence is fleeting. His death gave me the courage to live my life more honestly. The fragility of life inspires me to live life larger and on my own terms.
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