Why love is a journey

crafting stories life stories stories from the journey story as a map Feb 17, 2024

I'd already been in New Zealand for more than 10 years when I complained to another storyteller friend about the incessant question: "Where are you from?"

I called it "my graciousness question." when I was feeling gracious I knew it was a question that helped people make connection, and indeed, in the Maori tradition, a very important question to establish relationship. But when I could feel judgement coming on, well...

I remember my friend looked me in the eye and said: "I think you need to make a story about that."

So when fellow storytellers Moira Wairama, Tony Hopkins and Ralph Johnson invited me to create a show for the Wellington Fringe Festival I was both excited and scared almost speechless.  

Te Haerenga (the Journey) turned out to be both therapeutic and very liberating. It was as if our very different stories were made to be woven together, as we journeyed between cultures, languages, genders, racism, love and the idea of coming home.

More than anything, that creative journey together brought my own story to land inside myself and makes me ever grateful for the midwifing hands and witnessing hearts of others


It has been fun using one of the prompts from my 28 day Story Challenge LOVE STORIES to see what it brought up for me. One thing stories excel at is connecting people and reminding them how much they matter.

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