On the big list I carry around in my head called, “Things I’m Not Proud Of” near the top is the conviction that I will never overcome whatever horrible thing is going on at the moment.

When people were talking about layoffs at work in 2008 I started looking for campgrounds to park in because I assumed I would end up living in my car again. When a seven-year relationship ended in 2010 I told no one for months because I thought people would say that I was lucky she even wanted me in the first place. When I had to tell my family that I was going to have a child I assumed my father would tell me how ashamed he was that I had been so irresponsible. Imagine my surprise when none of those things happened. I was never laid off and last year I actually got a promotion. Since I broke up I have had more success writing and telling stories than any other time in my life. Every time someone comes up to me after Fresh Ground Stories and says they had a wonderful time I feel appreciated. I’ve also had some romantic encounters that make me feel like I don’t have to be anyone’s second choice. And my dad? He never once told me he was ashamed of me. He supported me through years of single parenting and we ended up being closer than I ever thought we could be.

And that is the theme for our next show: The Best Bad Thing – Stories of Bad Things That Turned Out Good. Tell us a story about how things turned around after you were convinced they wouldn’t.

Remember to practice out loud on friends or pets and keep it under 8 minutes. The rules for stories are below but you know the kind we’re looking for: true stories that happened to you that still mean something to you days, months or years later. Rules & Guidelines: https://freshgroundstories.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/storytelling-rules-and-guidelines/

I hope to see you at our next show on Thursday, February 26, 7:00pm at the Roy St Cafe.