Chapter one of the Storify Yourself! training was written in 2019, when we implemented the first edition – Storify Yourself! Youth Worker as a Brand! and approbated the training program successfully. Now we open a new page, which the participants will fill with their own stories.
Before that, discoveries await but they will have to dig them out themselves, from their own past experiences. Piercing insights, which don’t come around on accident – only when you look for them. But hardships also await – their characters need to stumble, because only those, who have fallen and gotten back up, who have been backed into a corner, yet gotten away, who have made dramatic decisions, who have been torn by dilemmas, only they have lived.
The authors of these stories will be both the characters and storytellers. They will have themselves to bring into the world that, which has gone through them. We will only help them dig the pieces of story out of the corners of their minds, give them shape and tell them in an exciting way. If a story touches you, it gives you a new path and direction, it weaves the thread, which connects us forever, it leaves the memory, which motivates us to get back up and keep moving forward.
Storify Yourself! is for the personal stories, which interpret us, it gives us a new reading of ourselves.
How will that happen? Experiencing, storytelling and reflecting. That’s the formula!
The participants, ripped away from the ruts of their everyday lives and from the distracting, time stealing factors, will experience themselves in a new way, in the embrace of nature and the power of the mountain. There, under the stars, wherein their fears and barriers will be reflected, their self-imposed boundaries blurred, and they will return to tell the tale of their discoveries. Their stories will be refracted, reflected by the others, by the mirror of their own emotions and experience and they will return to the authors, richer in meaning and viewpoints.