Whether we’re young or old or in between, we sure do love our stories. Sometimes we love them so much that our 5 year old won’t go to sleep until she’s been read that same story just one more time even though she has memorized every word and can repeat the story verbatim.
We love to tell stories too – like the 97 year old World War II medic who tells and retells the same gory yet gripping war stories with great pride to whomever will listen.
Young or old, stories help us make sense of the world and give us meaning. Stories build bridges to the past and create pathways to the future. They convey our deepest values and convey morality, justice, compassion and wise choices. They entertain, teach, open our worlds and offer us glimpses into places that we might not visit on our own.
Many elders today are taking to writing life reviews – stories that reflect on the past helping to bring understanding and peace into the present. These stories allow seniors to rethink events from their lives, expound upon their life experiences, lessons learned, and perhaps even change the narrative and endings to old story lines. And of course leaving a written legacy for those who someday just might want to know, is an added benefit.
My guest this week on Wise Woman Storytime, Marcia Singer is a storyteller. She tells stories through her music, theatre, writings, and now in her latest memoir, Iron Jane: Tales of an Awakening, I invite you to listen to these stories and glean the universal insights and life lessons that Marcia so eloquently articulates for all of us.
By Roberta Teller