You might notice that I’m trying to relate why I love storytelling with aspects of the holiday season as well as the end of the year. Although you may relate ‘giving’ to ‘gift giving’, that isn’t what I’m really focussing on. Storytelling allows us the opportunity to give something. It could be a feeling, a moment, or even an experience someone may never have. Storytelling has an unbelievable power to give things that aren’t of a physical nature. It can help us give mindfulness, emotions, a release, or a moment to reflect.
I must admit, the physical act of receiving a book has always been something I love. It’s like receiving a new world. Then, whenever I’ve given a story, may it be a book, film or anything else, I’m giving them the same opportunity—to experience a new world. There is something to be treasured about the giving of stories. They could be in the physical or material sense, or it could be a story by someone at the dinner table. It brings people together. It’s a moment to be shared, which is why I think this is very appropriate for this time of year.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be reserved for only the holiday season. Giving stories is something we can probably do every day if we’d like. Have you ever stood in a line to queue for something, maybe coffee or at an event? You may awkwardly acknowledge the people around you by making some kind of observation about being in a line or how the weather is. Have you ever gotten to a point where you start sharing stories with them? How does it make you feel?
In that moment, you are giving that person an experience from your perspective and in return they are giving you a story from theirs. You may never see this person again, but in that moment, you have both given each other something. Later, that person may share that story and give others the experience, or maybe they’ll tell of the story of that person they met in a long line who made it a little bit more bearable.
Obviously, there is also the actual giving of a physical copy of a story, may that be a film, book, video game or TV series. In a way, there is something very cool about that experience. I mean think about it, this might be a story they’ve experienced before and have said how much they loved it. By giving it to them so they can experience it over and over again is unbelievably awesome!
Better yet, how about giving someone a story (book, film, video game, etc.) you know they haven’t experienced. There is the possibility they might not like it, but you are testing your knowledge on this person. By giving this story, you may receive in return a super happy, 10/10 review from that person. You have given them something they love and you’ve nailed the selection. Or, maybe they don’t like the story at all, but at least they experienced it! Ultimately, whether you’re giving or receiving a story of some sort, you are giving or receiving new perspectives, thoughts, feelings and understandings of the world.
If that’s not something to love about storytelling, I don’t know what is!
What do you think? Is this something you love about storytelling? Let me know!
That’s it from me. Remember to ignite the story and I’ll see you again soon!
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.