What Kind of stories do you want to write?
My number one is the story of my Nan. This is also a massive conflict in my life because she doesn't think it is worth telling. Or particularly want it to be told.
I only know the half of what is a long life full of hardship, drama and love.
These pages tell the story from what I know but because of my internal struggle with sharing it - I have covered or left out a lot of it.
One day I hope I get the courage to ask her more and I hope that day is soon.
Then I will share, because I am proud of her and because I think her story is one with so many lessons we can all earn from.
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Born 95 years ago and still going strong.
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Because when it's your life, what makes it extraordinary? You know no different.
Separated from your family, not all starts are easy.
Raising someone else's child, it's still love.
Living in London during WW2, It's my home.
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It's like she has steel running through her. Someone told her a few weeks ago that she is probably still alive due to pure determination.
She laughed - I think it is true.
Even The Imaginary
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I wanted to end on a lighthearted note because it got me down thinking about all the horrible things my Nan has witnessed in her life.
Obviously, all of her story is true but I think you can never under estimate the power of imagination. It is what makes all stories come alive to us and it is what I think keeps me going in life. Imaginary stories are some of the best books, films and art pieces that exist, and that should be celebrated as much as autobiographical stories.