Unlocking the Chain and Breaking Through the Cement

What is it that makes us human beings open up to others and tell them our stories, our struggles, our successes or our regrets?

We tend to hold on to our feelings or our stories a bit too much if you ask me. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to share our stories as painful as they may be or as marvelous as they turned out. The cavemen did it with cave painting. The ancient Egyptians with calligraphy. The monks with the manuscript. Michel Angelo with the Sistine Chapel. Our mothers with bedtime stories. The distribution of all these stories function as much more than a blanket to help us fall asleep. Or as a diversion when we feel disinterested. Stories spread knowledge. Stories spread messages of truce. Stories sometimes help us fall in love. It all comes down to the resolution that we are all human. We all have a story to tell. We all came from somewhere and struggled with things that made us who we are today. It may be somehow straightforward to speak about ourselves our our stories (even though we don’t always do it), but it is perhaps even more difficult to get someone to remove their blanket and tell you their story. We see it all the time. There are two types of people in this world: the ones whose life’s an open book, and the one’s whose books are locked with a chain and sealed with cement. These are a few tips to help you unlock that chain and break through the cement and write a good story about them. Happy interviewing!

Describe your childhood

How were you as a kid?

How was your relationship with your mother? Your father?

What do you miss the most?

What was the best time of your life? What was the worst time?

What is your biggest fear?

Bring me back to an event in your life that had a profound effect on who you are today

What would you say is the biggest misconception that people have of you?

What philosophy do you live by?

How do you want to be remembered when you die?

Finish this sentence for me: (Subjects name) is…..


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