Daily Inspiration: Oliver Sacks on Our Unique Narrative
“If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'what is his story--his real, inmost story?'--for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us--through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique.”
Oliver Sacks is famous for his work on musicology, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales.” His message above is taken directly from those pages, and is a good reminder that we each are designing our own new narratives. It took me a while as a creative person to realize I was more than my CV, I was more than than where and for whom I had worked for. Oliver Sacks words help on the days you feel like your creativity has been flattened and is a nice reminder that we’re all in this together, continually evolving.