Everyone has one story or another to tell. Some of them are good ones, while others are bad. Experiences in life leave many of us with a sour taste, but a few have a grass to grace tale to relate. There are amazing lessons to learn from all stories, if only they can be shared. True life dramas are even more exciting to recount and it has been discovered that many are willing to tell their exotic stories if they can find the right place to narrate them. Consequently it is with pleasure that we introduce our EXOTISM; A Story Worth Telling…
As many as there are humans, so are there stories to tell by each individual soul. In fact, many have several fables to recount about themselves as well as about other humans, living and even non-lining things.
Some say that there are even much more stories to tell, if only all things both living and non-living can possess the ability to talk or if many more human were blessed with the ability to freely express themselves. What an avalanche of stories there would be to tell. Each tale related would be unique in its own right, for no two tales are ever the same. There is always a difference, no matter how slight or little.
As the famous adage goes “There stories are stories and there are stories”. While some stories are just that, stories, several others are absolutely captivating or even enchanting to listen to, to read about or to watch. Again while some of us are natural story teller with the ability to arrest people’s attention with their narration, many others recount their joys or sorrows only to themselves and within their minds. The details are too shocking to reveal.
Sensational stories are exciting to hear or read about and the more sensational the story the better. In fact, due to our love for amazing, beyond imagination stories, many with the flare for unbelievable thrillers or chillers go beyond themselves, transversing our realm into the world of fiction, where the mind is set free to create the most impossible of settings and place characters in them, then follow these abstract personalities, describing their every actions and reactions much to their audiences’ delight and do they lap it up.
Multi-billion dollar businesses like the movies and publishing industries and outlets are thriving upon such imaginary adventures, creating a franchise and rich multi-million dollar storytellers in the process. Harry Potter, Star wars and Avatar are typical examples.
That is Hollywood, the world of the make-believe. However real life experiences are often painful to recollect most especially if they are tragic. Most stories are never told, even the good and happy ones, at least not to the listening, reading or watching public. If anyone who has been through a saga either ones with happy endings or the sad terrible ones and still finds it worth telling, and is able to revisit the scenario all over again to describe the gory details, not only will it entertain as well as benefit those fortunate to hear such outpour and possibly prevent a reoccurrence, but it can go a long way in making a person involved overcome the psychological trauma associated with the memories of such an experience. It is often the first step that leads to recovery.
There are many ordinary folks with extra-ordinary stories to tell and that essentially is what this segment is all about.
Exotism: A Story Worth Telling is a column designed to give readers the opportunity to tell their real, factual, soul-touching true life stories that are worth sharing with fellow humans, some of which many individuals would find difficult, if not impossible to tell.
“I was sick with a strange illness and bedridden for a long time, barely able to move a muscle when one day I was home alone only to discover smoke sipping into my bedroom through the infiltration gap beneath the door! If not for the presence of…” …Sally (not real name)
“He has only about a year, at most 18 months to live, due to his situation. Its very critical. There’s nothing we can do for him. Similar cases ended up the same. We are sorry” my doctor sadly told my wife in a whisper, unfortunately i overheard them. But I lived for another decade and a half thus far. Its indeed amazing. All I did was…” Garba (not real name)
“I had to travel to the university for 13 weeks, every week of that semester, seeking admission until about one week to exams when I accidentally met him in front of the university administrative building. Surprised to see me, he asked “What on earth are you doing here?” Barely able to contain my tears I blurt out “Seeking for admission”, by the end of the day I got that elusive admission and as God would have it ASUU went on strike…” (A graduate from one of the universities)
“I am in love with my brother. No, am very serious! I don’t know how it all started but I found myself being attracted to him in ways I should be afterall he is my blood brother. Yeah, yeah I know it is taboo but right now I don’t know what to do about it. God Almighty, please help me…” Alawiyya (not real name)
Happy or sad, funny or serious, love or hate, simple or complicated etc are just a few words used to describe many a story, it all depends on the subject matter. Which category does your story belong to? Share it exotically with us here, using your real name or anonymously.
Exotism is no fiction, it is pure reality.