She then asks us to think about how we could be more intentional about which character we may like to embrace moving forward in our lives and talks about ways we can navigate 'the gap' in between.
Being the sort of person who needs to put everything into context, I found myself thinking about not just where I am now and where I am headed but the whole of my life - the characters and stories that reflect my journey from childhood until now. Here is what came up for me -
Mary in The Secret Garden
Susanna in Girl Interrupted
Beverly in Riding in Cars with Boys
Vianne in Chocolat
April in Revolutionary Road
Philippe in The Intouchables
It was such a thought provoking exercise to engage in and an interesting way to story my life.
Is a new character emerging in me? I am looking forward to spending some time in this 'gap' in between. It is exciting to think about how I might shape that character for myself and truly be the author of my own story. I am realising more and more that we really do have the power to story our own lives.
Even though we can’t always control what happens to us, we can choose the stories we tell ourselves.
What is the story of your life?
What story are you telling yourself right now?
Could it be helpful to tell it in a different way?
What character might be emerging in you, I wonder?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or as always, if you prefer, send me a personal message at Say Hello! I always love hearing from you.
To find Jen Lee’s free Emerging Icon video series click here. She also offers other resources around the concept of telling your story which look fabulous.
If you are after a book on the subject try Mandy Aftel’s “The Story of Your Life”.
Until next time, enjoy your journey!