This is a quote from the must-watch horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019):
“Stories hurt, stories heal. If we repeat them often enough, they become real. They have that power. They make us who we are.”
Basically, if you want to change your life, you have to change your narrative. Your narrative involves what you believe in about yourself, how you view your life events, and the way in which you perceive people around you. This is one of the most important lessons I have learned in therapy, and I am so happy to see it written so beautifully in this film.
So if you are depressed or anxious, ask yourself: what is the story I am telling myself — and what is the one I should believe in instead?
Changing the narrative won’t make your problems disappear, but it will give you a new perspective and of course, hope. Us humans love stories, so it’s important to ensure they are empowering. Because to a great extent, we are what we think.
Well, that’s all I have to say. Ciao.