Thursday, April 02, 2015


Last year, I came up with an idea I called the Here and Heard Project.

I wanted to create a virtual place where people could share their stories. We all have them, and I feel like we all have the desire to be heard. Inside all of us, I believe, is a desire to leave something of a mark on this world before our time is up. Perhaps some of us are content with leaving a mark on the worlds of those who are close to us, and perhaps others want to leave more of a public, global mark. Either way, we want our stories, our memories, to be heard. A reminder that we were here. I wanted to create a place for that to be possible.

I didn’t follow through on the project, but the idea got me thinking. How do I want to tell the world I was here? How do I want my story to be told? What do I want to accomplish before my time is up and why?

I still don’t have all the specifics figured out, but I do know this: I want to write a book that inspires people the way my favorite books have always inspired me. I want someone to hold my book in their hands, look me in the eyes, and tell me “because of this book, I didn’t give up. Because of this book, I was able to stay strong.” Books were often my source of strength when life got tough, and I want to create that same source of strength to pass along to my readers. That’s how I want to tell the world I was here. That’s how I want my story to be told. That’s what I want to accomplish and why.

And I work toward that dream every day.

What about you?

What do you want to accomplish and why? How do you want to be heard? How will you tell the world you were here?

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