I recently took part in a Monologue class being held by a friend and it was an eye opener.

One of the things my teacher was insistent on was imbuing our chosen topics with stories from our own lives. It quickly morphed into telling our own stories. Thankfully I was not the only one who struggled.

I keep hearing my mother's voice in my head "Ndungi, it is none of their business," and I find it difficult to disagree. But the constant pull from the teacher and the push from my conscience resulted in me dropping out of the class. I killed my imaginary cousin's wife in order to do it (poor thing) but I had to get out.

This whole experience has taught me a few things.

  1. The stories that I write will not always appeal to everyone. I cannot worry about them.
  2. The issues that are important to me are important to me. Trying to expand the cap to fit the entire human race is an impossible feat. If I stick with my instincts, I'll be okay.
  3. I need to immerse myself in stories. Understanding others comes through reading their stories and appreciating the path their journey has taken without insisting that it reflects my own experiences

I'm not a monologist. Not yet. Maybe sometime soon I will try the class again, but I need to get back to my robots!

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  • Alexandra Caselle

    I really like your post and I can relate it. My mom always said that what goes on behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors. I am a private person, very guarded and I worry about what others may think. But I guess with turning 40 this year I am being bolder & not caring what others think. There are some stories in my life that will benefit others. If they help one person, then that will be good.