What a marvelous word, yes?
Lately I’ve been exploring the world of film as a medium for storytelling. And the truth is I’m overwhelmed by the results, both in the number of requests I’m getting from people who want to share their story, and by the ecstatic feedback from the people we’ve filmed thus far.
The best part about this whole process is watching how people begin to explore their own stories once the cameras roll. And after creating a handful of these videos, I’ve noticed a few themes:
Without an obstacle to overcome there is no story, because there is no story without change.
Kendra didn’t want to promote pharmaceutical drugs as the solution to helping people lose weight and get healthy.
Dave didn’t want to follow the traditional path of politics and resented the traditional views of leadership.
Nick wanted more freedom for himself and his friends.
Michelle couldn’t do the 9-5 thing one more day.
Jodi wanted to leave her life as a lawyer behind to fulfill her childhood dream to travel.
Longing for change is never enough. We have to create change for ourselves and in doing so we change the world around us.
Each person in the examples above had to leave one path in order to pave another.
Dissatisfaction without action results in the crushing of the soul.
Dissatisfaction followed by action towards positive change results in the renewal of the spirit.
3. Exceeded Expectations
Like the Rolling Stones song goes: You can’t always get want you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.
Jodi thought she was taking a year–long trip and ended up with a life of perpetual travel, filled with food and writing.
Kendra discovered helping people become healthier was about building trust and relationships more than building muscle.
I believe our lack of control over the outcome is a blessing in disguise because the possible is far more remarkable than we give it credit for.
4. The Next Chapter
Exploration is the gift that keeps on giving.
Our jobs may (and most likely will) change. Our environment may change. Our relationships may change. We may (and most likely will) question our existence and purpose.
So we keep searching.
As with any good story, the characters and the audience are left turning the page and looking towards the next adventure.
What’s your next story to explore? The possibilities are endless…
If you’re looking for a new way to explore your story this August, consider signing up for the Show & Tell Photography Storytelling Challenge.
Interested in hiring Show & Tell productions to help you share your story on camera? Send an email over on the contact page and sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date! Note: The next “Share Your Story” in-studio day will be August 17th! Let us know if you want in!