Everyone has a story to tell, and your life is one that’s unlike any other. We often dismiss the magnitude of how original and unique our individual journeys are because when we compare them to others, they might seem uneventful or inconsequential. They are not.
Your “story” and the particulars of your upbringing – family, friends, schooling, passions, activities, experiences, and all the good, bad and ugly that it has entailed – is the foundation of what makes you who you are. That’s why anyone on a creative path can be influenced by many of the same resources, read the same books, and study with the same teachers, yet come across with something completely unique. And even if you’re not on a creative path in the traditional sense, your particular “style of presentation” in whatever you do is no accident: it is the result of an endless number of factors from your story too complex to fully comprehend.
Where am I going with all of this?
I recently caught a TED presentation that Sting put together. It’s centered around the back-story of his latest project, The Last Ship, which came about at an extremely pivotal time in his life. The genesis of it was all about Sting revisiting and embracing a foundational part of his past that he had always wanted to distance himself from.
Really compelling stuff. Makes you wonder what hidden gems might be lurking within the wreckage of our own pieces of history that we either seek to avoid, or have totally dismissed.
Here’s the vid. Whether you’re a fan of his or not, I think you’ll dig his compelling and entertaining approach here. Great shit.
PS. This is blog #12 in my 20-blogs-in-30-days series for June 2014. Motherboard issues on my laptop loom as I travel this week. Will we make it through?