We are exposed to stories every other day about the lives of amazing people who have lived in our life time or the years before. Both fictional and non-fictional stories can be just as intriguing as long as they feel larger than life to the ordinary folks, such as myself.
The story of Einstein once being one of the worst students in his class to later becoming a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and Luke Skywalker’s tale of farm boy turned Jedi, has something in common to the rest of us.
They are a glimpse to the possibility for the impossible in our own lives. Rumi once said that
“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth”
We all love a good story but it’s important to keep in mind that whatever you love, always remember that these stories are there to inspire us to create our own great story. More often than not we are contented to use stories as a mere distraction.
There is a reason why we are so addicted to television shows and the latest movies that’s coming out. It’s our natural human attraction towards great stories.
We’ve been telling stories since the stone-age as we find carving of our ancestors trying to share with us tales of their own history.
Biblical epics, Greek myths, and stories from the history pages have inspired many Hollywood films, TV shows, modern literature, and even graphic novels today.
These stories shape civilizations. The Iliad is a required reading list in American high schools because they want to imprint the values of these characters to the people who will shape their nation.
You don’t believe me that stories shape a society? Look at any community or nation that was once living in the dark and how stories changed their lives.
The Arabs of Quraysh lives were changed when the Quran was sent to their people 1400 years ago and the Quran is filled with the best of stories.
“We relate to you, [O Muhammad], the best of stories in what We have revealed to you of this Qur’an although you were, before it, among the unaware.”- Quran 12:3 Yusuf-
After the revelation of the Quran the Muslims have expanded their community to as far as China and has contributed to the world in the fields of philosophy, mathematics, science, literature, biology, physics, music, architecture and economics.
Stories are revealed to us with characters and their own moral dilemma and personal struggle. Some stories may end tragically and some end with the main characters triumph over their adversities.
We need to learn to make the characters from these tales our mentors. By practicing and embodying the lessons we learn from these characters is how they would become our mentors.
Both Homer Hickman (real life Astronaut) and Rocky (fictional boxer) can both teach us that in life it’s only through hustle can we achieve anything worthwhile. Early mornings, late nights, keeping good people around, drowning the noise out. All lessons you can learn from both characters.
So live beyond the pages and stories.
Who inspires you? If you don’t have enough characters who have inspired you than keep looking.
Read the best books. Watch amazing films. All you need is to find that one story that can inspire you and go out there and make your own.
Share with me a story that inspires you in the comment below.