Authors, what will your footprint look like in one hundred years?
You have been given an opportunity and a calling to tell ‘your story’. What will that story look like? What are you saying that will make a difference in another person’s life? After all, isn’t that the reason for telling the story in the first place?
You don’t necessarily have to write the story of a person who has changed the world: a president, an activist, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela. No, you might simply be telling the story of the girl or boy next door and how they managed to victoriously come through a difficult situation.
Perhaps you’re penning a love story. What impact will that have on posterity? A young woman contemplating divorce might read about a couple who triumph over betrayal, distrust. And it could be the encouragement she needs to try again to forgive.
You never know who your story will touch. Or how it will touch them.
What impact, what footprint are you leaving behind you? What is your story telling the rest of the world?
The only important thing I hope you’ll take away is to write your best. Never write what someone else wants you to write. Do your best, tell ‘your’ story. And tell it so that when you’re gone, a person might read it and hopefully have it change their life for the better.
Leave a solid footprint. Make an impact. Make a difference.