The couple sat silently on the bus. The man nodded off from time to time, jerking his head up just as he loses consciousness. The woman sitting close beside him stares out the small window looking wistfully at the old brick buildings they pass.

  • Where is this couple headed?
  • What are they doing?
  • Where have they been?
  • Why is the man sleeping?
  • What is the woman looking for?
  • What does the woman see next?
  • What is she thinking?

What do you create when you read this scene?


The Story of You

March 14, 2011

This is the story of one of my readers. Feel free to leave words of encouragement in the reply section. I hope you learn something about yourself by reading the story of someone else.

Her Background

Age: 27
Gender: F emale
State of Birth: AL
Current State: AL
Marital Status: Married
Children: None

Her Story

1. What did you want to be when you grew up at age 5 compared to 15? At age five and beyond (as most can say til this current day), I was very curious. I always asked questions. So many, in fact, that my mother bought me a huge book, half as big as me at the time, of questions and answers. I was very fascinated by this. I really didn’t have thoughts for what I wanted to be. I was so busy caught up in pestering people with questions and trying to be in the spotlight with my loud mouth. But I found out that asking questions is one of the best ways to learn new things. Never stop learning.

At age 15 I really became so interested in many things. I always wanted to be one to study plants, animals and places (along with the vastness of the universe). I also wanted to study cultures – present and others that only dust and fragments of what is left behind can show. But what interested me the most was the planets, stars, galaxies, and all the other things that contribute to our universe. I thought the best way to study this was to become an astronaut. I even wrote a letter that I would later never send (but had every intent on doing so) to NASA explaining why I should be the youngest person ever sent to space. At the time, the oldest man John Glenn had gone, why not the youngest? Later, I learn that astronomy is the best way to view and study stars. Silly me.

2. What did you become? Well, I became “….the dreamers of the dreams.” – Willy Wonka. And nothing more and nothing less.

3. What was your biggest mistake to date? Not staying healthy by diet and exercise. I regret that a lot. Now I see it as more of a challenge to do so. I face judgment by other people who just look at me. Some may even find it aesthetically displeasing to watch me walk across the room. And that’s my fault. Although, there are some other key factors in play that contributed to it.

4. How do you define success? Success – that is the thing that I’ve used to compare myself to other people. Yes, I know, that’s not the way success works and that may be the most unhealthy way to view it. But it is true. I would be lying if I said otherwise. I don’t believe in keeping up with the Joneses. But what I mean is that I dreamt big when I was a kid. I really thought some of those things could happen. All of them. Now that I am 27 and living in a one room apartment with a limited income, it makes me feel sad when I see others that have carried out goals and have been very ambitious with their dreams because deep inside I feel like I am the only one standing between me and my dreams.

5. What is the best advice you have ever been given? I’ve been given plenty of good advice. Like you should send the letter to NASA and don’t stick your head out of the car window. Didn’t say I actually took it. But, with all jokes aside, I was once told what’s poured over the horses back will meet under his belly. Meaning, that with whatever happens it will all work out in the end.

6. What makes you happy? Blowing bubbles, windy days, overcast skies, surprises (except for unexpected company), listening to water flow, watching birds, taking walks through the woods and of course a family that loves me.

7. What ticks you off? Talking to someone who can hear but never listens.

8. What makes you tick? Exploration, whether it’s self exploration, or learning new things that pertain to a certain subject. I find that self exploration comes to me best while I write. Also, trying new things – foods, people, places, anything. Try it, you may like it.

9. What do you want my readers to know about you or about life in general? Don’t let the world bring you down, because not everyone here is that mean and cold.

Do you relate to this reader? If so, tell her how by commenting on this post.

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The Story of You

January 17, 2011

This is the story of one of my readers. Feel free to leave words of encouragement in the reply section. I hope you learn something about yourself by reading the story of someone else.

Her Background

Age:  73
Gender:  Female
Marital Status:  Married
Children: Yes

Her Story

  1. What did you want to be at age 5?
    I didn’t think about what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was just 5 years old. I was too busy in the pecking order with my two brothers, one older and one younger.
  2. What did you want to be at age 15?
    When I was 15 years old, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. It sounded like a noble profession. There weren’t many career choices for young women back in my day. I might have realized that dream and been a good nurse, but by the time I was 18 years old, I had my first child.
  3. What did you become?
    I became a wife and mother of two young sons by the time I was 20 years old, and 6 years later my precious baby girl was born.
  4. What has been your biggest disappointment in life?
    The biggest disappointment in my life has been not getting a college degree and having a career and my family. I had dreams just like everyone else but I made a mistake and didn’t get to pursue them.
    I don’t call it a disappointment but a tragedy that my beautiful daughter did not live to fulfill her dreams and aspirations.
  5. What was your biggest mistake to date?
    My biggest mistake was believing in someone’s lie and hoping I could fix things.
  6. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
    By far my biggest accomplishment is my three children. I have been blessed to watch my sons grow up to be strong, healthy, and successful adults with good careers and loving families.
  7. How do you define success?
    I define success as having a dream and pursuing that dream, but if that dream is not possible, then you make your own dreams come true by doing what makes you and those around you happy. You take what you have worked hard for all your life and appreciate it and all the people around you that make you happy in life. If you dwell on “what ifs” you will never be a happy person.
  8. Do you consider yourself successful?
    I do consider myself successful. I have many interests. I paint, scrapbook, garden. I love to read. I am the member of clubs and organizations, some that I have organized myself. I travel with my friends, and I am a preacher’s wife and enjoy that aspect of my life…
  9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
    To tell you the truth, I have never been given much advice from anyone I can think of except maybe some of my school teachers and Sunday School teachers when I was growing up. I know I didn’t get much from my family members.
  10. If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
    I would tell a young me that I am a worthy person and can do anything that I decide that I want to do. I could be anything that I wanted to be.
  11. What is your biggest struggle?
    My biggest struggle is fighting depression and anxiety. I am by nature a person that feels like she is wound up too tight like a clock. I fight it everyday. I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop at any moment.
  12. What makes you happy?
    What makes me happy is knowing that my sons and their children are all well and happy especially when I get a phone call from one of them checking up on me. I must confess that I don’t get enough of them.
  13. What makes you tick?
    What makes me tick is having projects. I love a project, to have a goal and work toward that goal to completion. It is a real good feeling to know you have accomplished something worthwhile. It doesn’t have to be something big every time.
  14. What do you want my readers to know about you or about life in general?
    I would like for your readers to know that I am just like they are. I may be 50 years older than some of them, but I still have dreams and plans for my life. Not to dream is to die. I still have unfinished projects and places to go and things to do. I just hope I have time to do them.