More Open to Powerful Moments Jana’s Thoughts on The Story Hero

By: Jana Taylor in RTC Testimonials
on December 20th, 2021

Being invited to share something profound in your life can be daunting, exhilarating, and a bit terrifying.

I worried that my story wasn’t as profound or inspiring as some of the others that have been shared. I mean, it impacted ME, but would it touch others in a positive way? Would they understand how I could completely understand and empathize with someone I never got to meet face to face? Was it too “out there” to be understood by someone who hadn’t been on my journey?

I found the actual act of speaking the words to strangers was somehow cathartic. It felt amazing to express that depth of feeling that came to me in the wee morning hours that day in March. Others might not understand suddenly bonding with someone you don’t remember, but that experience is etched in my memory forever. The fact that others felt the emotion, that they wanted to know the rest of the story, made opening up and sharing those emotions so worth the nerves I had dealt with all day. It’s one thing to talk about it with people you know and see, but strangers who have no idea who you are or your journey through life might judge your words and the emotion behind them harshly. People who know you are gentler in how they view you and your expression of words and emotions.

More Open to Powerful Moments Janas Thoughts on The Story Hero Jana

Having the opportunity to share such an emotional story and have it well received left me feeling like I was floating the rest of that evening and into the next day. My steps literally felt lighter. My husband even mentioned that I seemed at ease after it was complete compared to my nerves beforehand. I shared with my daughter how I felt welcomed into a world of people who understood those powerful emotions that can overtake us and not think less of you for feeling them. Sometimes I don’t fully express my emotions as I don’t want others to feel uncomfortable by them. It was freeing to not have to hold back with people. I don’t know that I have ever experienced something quite like that before. Even into the next day I felt emboldened to be more open with my emotions about the experience.

This experience has made me feel more secure in being willing to be more open with those powerful moments. People don’t have to fully understand every single nuance, but if you can open a door and touch a spot within someone that allows them to see a bigger picture in the world around them, then why not do so?

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