May 9 2017

My Story is Worth Telling

by Kathryn Budig

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I made a new friend yesterday.
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Kate and I grabbed drinks with Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the amazing organization, To Write Love on Her Arms. This soft spirit has dedicated his life to reminding others that theirs matter.
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After a few hours of talk about love, heartbreak, work, and of course –basketball and sneakers — we said our goodbyes and I decided to dive into his memoir.
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I climbed into bed next to my Tetris-crazed girlfriend. She made a welcoming space for me without losing a beat.
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“Do you think I’ll ever actually write my third book?” I mused.
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“Yes. Absolutely. Of course you will. Why?”
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I strategically dodged over her chest to grab Jamie’s book without sabotaging her swift-thumbed game.
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“I dunno. It sometimes just feels like I won’t.”
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It feels like I won’t because it’s too much. I look at Jamie’s book title. Exactly. Because I feel too much. Or maybe I’m an imposter … do I really have a story worth sharing or the chops to even pull it off?
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I sigh, kiss Kate on the cheek — she responds with a warm purr — and open up my book. A mere three pages in and I already know what I need to do.
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Here’s a man completely opening his heart to the world. To write love on her arms — offering a daily dose of hope and inspiration by baring his soul, story, and words.
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I immediately know: it’s time to pick up where I left off. This is my duty — when I feel brilliant, when I feel scared, even when I feel like it will never, ever make sense or matter to anyone.
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My story is worth telling. I matter. We all do. ⠀

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Thank you, Jamie.