In my line of work, it seems like almost every day a new customer comes in and asks me what my story is.
Why are you working on base if you are a civilian? Why do you live in Altus? How did you get here?
After giving my elevator speech I will return the questions to the stranger across from me.
How long are you here for? Where are you headed next? What is your role in the Air Force?
As I mentioned in last week’s column, these are many of the same type of stories we shared among other backpackers while in Australia. Everyone is coming and going and here for just a short while.
I’ve always loved telling stories and listening to the stories of others. I am just plain fascinated by people and the story of their lives. I’ve written tons of material on my friends, my family and even fictional characters. Everyone has a story to tell and a story to live. It is our choice to make that story a good one or a bad one.
Over the next few weeks I am going to focus this column on telling the stories of other people.
My coworkers, my customers, my friends, family and even strangers will pop up in these articles because I feel there is always something to be learned from someone else’s story.
Inspiration and education is lurking around every corner, we just have to open our eyes to it.
Reach Haley Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org or view photos with her blog at www.thesparklinghippie.com.