“Tell them stories. They need the truth. You must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories.” Phillip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
Last night, I read Jessica Knoll’s essay ‘What I Know’, as published in Lena Dunhams stunningly fantastic Lenny Letter. The link to it is here: <What I Know>
Stop reading this, go read that, and then come back! I would also highly recommend that you also read Knoll’s novel ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’, its clever, raw and unbelievably poignant.
The fact that she could share her story in this stripped bare fashion, and I use the phrase knowing all the concentrations it brings, is something I find incredibly powerful. Its something that needed sharing, because if you this didn’t happen to you, it happened to your friend, or you heard the rumours about THAT girl. Knoll later stated in an interview with Glamour ‘If I could have read an essay like this when I was 15 years old, I would have held on to it with all my might’. And that is why, we simply must tell our stories.
Tell your stories, share your success, your struggles, your achievement, your failure, the list goes on. I carry with me so many stories, Lyra’s story, my mothers, Rosalind Franklins, Jessica Knolls, I’ll carry yours, I’ll give you mine. You never know who might need it to help carry them through. Today, I dedicate my practice to you, to all of you, as we tell our stories.