Stories Are Gifts

I bought @ppilarski and me these mugs from Starbucks today. They are cute and got my attention. I was working on my thesis (which I can’t wait to share with all of you … be patient with me and keep sending me good vibes so I can finish asap), and noticed these mugs to my right. Cute little festive Christmas mugs that said “Stories are Gifts .. Share”. Wow. It got me thinking … and it also got me motivated to keep telling the story of my thesis and to keep blogging.

This week has been a trying one for active tweeters like me. I don’t usually like to share personal stories online. My personality is one that attempts to remain positive no matter what. But this week the online trolls almost won.

After sharing my health care experience from 5 years ago after being in a serious car accident I was told by several online that my story was insignificant and did not justify my reasoning for distracted driving legislation. I was a pedestrian struck by a car in a parking lot by an individual distracted at the wheel. This is no pitty party … I am a survivor and I am stronger after my accident than I ever was before. The accident reaffirmed who my friends were and taught me to appreciate those who love me and accept their love in whatever form they are giving it. It taught me that it was okay to count on people and that without people we are nothing. Without a story to tell we are nothing. Without our individuality we add nothing to a political party or movement. And without a story we have no authenticity on Twitter or Facebook.

Yes – my story is why I have become a strong advocate for the distracted driving legislation and why I was ecstatic that it passed in the house. The vote passed without a single member of the Wildrose Alliance Party in attendance and with the support of thousands upon thousands of Albertans – those politically engaged and those not.

Your support, or your disdain, for the legislation is about your own story. That story maybe your passion about libertarianism or about a fender bender you were in. Needless to say it is a story – one that consists of policy or one that is personal.

@ppilarski also shared a personal story this week – something out of the norm for himself as well. It was about his beautiful mother (a woman that was strong and vivacious, a survivor as well – one that I wish I could have met because I know we would have had a ball together … and she would be great assistance in distracting him during a game of cards) who passed away in an emergency room. This was no pitty party either – it was a part of his story and a part of his ER experience. In my opinion the emergency room story is a bad story for our government, but with a growing population and an ever increasing aging population it is a problem that will be one we will be fighting for a generation and I know we are trying. It is, in my opinion, a great story for the PC Party. MLA Raj Sherman spoke his mind and shared his story. I was proud after watching his speech in the legislature emergency debate. Although he did appear nervous, he did the right thing. The PC Party has evolved and voices like Raj and Doug Griffiths are valued and being listened to.

I’m proud of the stories that make @ppilarski and me who we are. It is because of our story we have this blog. It is because of our stories on the His and Her pages that we are engaged with politics.

I encourage you to think about your story – and share it with us here. I stress over and over again that the PC Party is one full of amazing individuals – each has a story.

Don’t let the online trolls get you down – they don’t have a story. Continue to stand strong and share yours. I’m going to keep at it – and I’d like to thank all of you that have been encouraging @ppilarski and I along the way. You have become a part of our stories … and “Stories are Gifts” … and I intend to keep giving.

CR xo