After my mission, I transferred to BYU Provo and found that my passion for telling stories was still burning. But I came home to a broken world, where truth is no longer considered truth, where hate controls, and where violence abounds.
The one thing that assuaged the torrents of anger and malice was stories. Seeing the world from another’s perspective through reading cultivated understanding and compassion in my soul.
Empathy - that is the answer.
Empathy comes from viewing the world through the eyes of another, from a perspective that is not one’s own. Writing allows us to do that. We can see a world, an entire lifetime in fast motion without even leaving our seat. A click of a button, turn of a page can change everything.
Our world needs empathy. It needs storytellers. Truth seekers. Life changers.
And I want to do it.