How Stories Saved My Life:
“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” ― Flannery O'Connor
Being a kid sucked. I got out as quickly as I could, which meant being holed up in my room writing about any other life but mine.
Until I started writing about my own life. I turned my stories into movie treatments and screenplays. I got into Film and Dramatic Writing programs. I won writing scholarships and was sent across the nation to record stories. I got into Harvard.
And then I told my ultimate story: a full-scale play that I directed, produced, wrote, and starred in as my honors senior thesis.
It sold out the entire weekend.
I donated as much of the proceeds as I could to the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
And I realized that stories can save lives.