I’m a sucker for a story. I love all kinds. I find a particular sweet spot when I get the opportunity to learn the backstory behind something I’m fond of, whether it be a song, a photograph, a place, or a person. Suddenly what you viewed from your own experience is reshaped and reformed through someone else’s experience.
An interview with a songwriter can give new perspective to a favorite song and you begin hear it with new ears. Knowing what was happening behind the lens can give you new appreciation for a powerful image. Learning more about the history of a place can humble you. Taking the time to listen to someone’s story leads to greater understanding.
When I reconsider a song, image, place, or person in that new context, my own experience becomes richer, even more personal. Including someone else’s backstory in our narratives gives our own experiences dimension and depth.
Earlier this week I got to hang out with David Wherry of An Epic Adventurer and Team Briley. We were both marveling at how amazing it is to be able to meet the people we follow online. As much as we’re invested in their stories from afar, being able to connect in person and learn their backstories makes it all the more marvelous.
And there’s always more to the story behind everything and every person we encounter if we take the time to find it, so I leave you with this…
I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous, and heartfelt. ~Anna Deveare Smith