I need a better story

In the past week, I’ve encountered the same question and found that I have absolutely no response prepared.

“O, magkwento ka naman. Ano na ang balita sa ‘yo?”

It’s highly possible that I have nothing going on in my life, which is why I have nothing to share. I take pride in living a fairly quiet, drama-free life. I am, however, skilled at making a big thing out of virtually nothing and should therefore be able to weave a fascinating tale out of a totally ordinary incident.

But that’s something I haven’t done in a while, mainly because I remember how I used to wax melodramatic over everything more than a decade ago. Looking back, I think I may have pissed off a few friends because of that habit, which is why these days, I’m opting to sit back and let everyone tell his or her story. It’s good hearing about their lives, but I think I’ve lost the ability to share things about myself, primarily because I think, “Oh, they won’t be interested in that,” “They don’t need to hear that,” “That’s not something they have to know,” “That story will probably just bore them.”

It might be time to start sharing again, no matter how random my stories are, and quit thinking that what I have to say isn’t worth listening to.

December 10, 2012 by Lynn
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