Telling your story

Jimmie Batchelor


Every person’s life tells a story. I once wrote that I wished I could know everyone’s story. Totally impossible, but to understand and remember that each of us has a different story brings better respect for others. Stop and look at others as they really are, very unique individuals. And, as you are doing, they are living their life the best way they know how, only within a different story, their story.

We are the writers and directors of our own story. How it plays out is up to us. We’re only actors in someone else’s play. The only part we can play is when we participate in their lives. You and only you can know your whole story and they, theirs.

I was blessed with an interesting bunch I call family. Some blood related, some not. All of them open enough and close enough to me for me to know many of their stories, the good and the bad. Mostly good, why would one want to flaunt the bad? We all have pieces of the dark in our lives that we prefer not to share. That’s just human nature, although most of us try very hard to stay and play on the good side.

Each dawn gives us a new day to start over, improve in ways we couldn’t or wouldn’t yesterday. We always have the option of changing the path we are on in our life story. That is exciting to me!

No matter where you live or what your status, you have the power within to change. Small steps matter. Babies learn to crawl, walk, then run. They stumble and fall, but they get back up and continue on. As we all do throughout our lives.

Oh, the valleys and hills we travel over a lifetime! Our stories would turn boring if all were straight and flat. Hence the good, the bad, happiness, and sorrows. I have suggested before that you write in a journal. Putting thoughts and experiences on paper brings clearer life awareness. Some people that I have interviewed in the past expressed to me that their lives were just not that exciting.

However, seeing their story in print was a revelation! They find their lives were just as interesting as anyone’s. Look back on yours and discover yourself, possibly opening up a new path in another direction for your future!

Originally, my plan for this column was to introduce you to one of my “unique” relatives you have yet to meet. Now, I am nearly out of room for more words. Another quirk of writing. When I start writing, I never know where my mind will lead the pen! That idea will have to wait for another column, another day.

I’ll close with an old quote I came across by Colette, “What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wish I realized it sooner.”

Jimmie retired from Henry Co. Senior Services in Stockbridge, where she managed Hidden Valley Senior Center and resided for 38 years. She uses her newfound time writing (for The Times) and enjoying life!