Our world is intense and fast, and it is often difficult to understand how the biggest issues of our day affect real people. We can help make sense of it through stories. Narratives of ordinary people help us see the concerns of our day through a lens we can relate to.
My own experiences and travels have taught me that people mostly share universal wants and needs. They want to feel safe, ensure a secure future for their families, have sufficient shelter and food, and realize their dreams. They find humor in similar things – including under the direst circumstances. When we highlight these experiences, we can better understand the unique struggles of others and cultivate an appreciation of our differences alongside our similarities. This understanding creates solidarity between groups and constitutes an important step in moving forward struggles for justice. I see storytelling as a way to disseminate such understanding, and that is what I hope to bring to my clients.