“You can be a drunk. You can be a survivor of abuse. You can be an ex-con. You can be a homeless person. You can lose all your money or your job or a husband or a wife, or the worst thing imaginable, a child. You can lose your marbles. You can be standing inside your own failure, a small sad stone in your throat, and still you are beautiful, your story is worth hearing, because you–you rare and phenomenal misfit–are the only one in the world who can tell the story the way that only you can.”
― Lidia Yuknavitch, The Misfit’s Manifesto
I read this paragraph in The Misfits Manifesto 16 months ago – a survivor of abuse about to be homeless after leaving my job and a long-term relationship and losing my marbles. I was standing inside of my own failure with a small sad stone in my throat. Then, Lidia’s words lifted me up and told me “…and still you are beautiful, your story is worth hearing, because you…are the only one in the world who can tell the story the way that only you can.”
That very same week, I was introduced to The ThriverSisterhood screenplay and website, inspiring me to dislodge this small, sad stone in my throat and join my brave sisters in telling our stories the way that only we can. Like Stephanie, Eliza, Rachel, Crystal and Mia in the screenplay, our shared stories and experiences help us transcend our individual trauma to not only survive but thrive. Our stories reveal our resilience, those moments of “ordinary magic” in which we have rejected, reframed, reset, or reclaimed our individual narratives on this lifelong journey to redemption. Those stories are worth hearing.