In an interview I did last week, the reporter asked me lots of questions about the fire. Questions I didn’t answer.
See, in the majority of interviews I do, I just won’t talk about the fire.
I’ll talk about recovery, I’ll talk about the things I’ve achieved since and all the lessons along the way, but I won’t talk about the actual fire.
It’s not because talking about it upsets me, it’s just that talking about the fire has become sort of boring for me.
Hear me out.
Imagine your house got broken into, and six years later, people still wanted to hear about the exact minute you turned the key in your front door and saw all your stuff gone, how you had to fill in police reports, and deal with your insurance company, and file all that paperwork, and install security systems and then buy a new TV.
You’d be sick of telling that story right?
Now, in my case, I know the story is anything but boring – there’s a cast of crazy characters, danger, a split second decision, a catastrophic event, a heroic rescue, a medical team that work against the clock to save lives, survival against the odds and an epic love story – all set against the startling beauty of the Kimberley’s remote wilderness.
(Someone call Spielberg, we’ve got his next blockbuster ready to go haha!).
But it’s not interesting to me that a fire changed my life (and the lives of some other really cool people).
Hard, life-changing events happen to people all the time.
I am not unique in that.
What’s interesting to me is how we choose to grow and change from these events.
Why would I want to focus on an event that happened in my life when I could focus my energy on how I’m changing my life?
After all, life is not about what happens to us, but what we do about it – Tweet it.
So why am I telling you this? Well, maybe you’ve been through a hard time, or maybe you’re going through one right now.
If that’s the case, I’d love to ask you this:
How can you stop focusing on what happened, and start focusing on what you can do about it?
How you can grow, how you can change, how you can be stronger, bigger, and yes more interesting than what happened to you?
That’s the kind of story I’d love to hear from you.
Let me know in the comments about something you’re working on changing in your life.