One morning during my last trip to Amritapuri, India, I woke up to find this notification on my blog:
My name is Ashlee. I’m co-founder of the YouShare Project, with the mission to connect people around the world through true, personal stories. I recently stumbled across your blog and read the above post entitled “Tearing at the Fabric of Racism.” It’s honest, beautifully written, and incredibly compelling. I think it would make a wonderful YouShare, because it offers a personal glimpse into a time that younger generations only hear about and usually through the lens of third party history books and documentaries. It’s always important to look back in time as a means for moving forward, and I think your story is especially important in today’s racially tense climate.
If this sounds interesting to you, I would love to email you directly with more information and formally invite you to share your story with the project. You have my email address and website. I hope to hear from you soon.
I was intrigued by Ashlee’s request and opened her website. I learned that the project was started by Nick and Ashlee Blewett who believe that “exploring different perspectives—and embracing our commonalities as well as our differences—is the only way for humanity to reach our full potential.”
This is their vision for the YouShare Project:
“To create a more conscious and thoughtful global society—by publishing personal stories from people around the world.”
“Each of us has an individual story, our own personal narrative of events and experiences that shape our personalities, our opinions and biases, the way we dress and act, and the customs and traditions in which we take part. Stepping outside of our personal bubbles to explore different perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue enriches our lives and cultivates a more conscious and thoughtful society.”
I read through many of the stories on the blog and found them to be very inspiring. I was also impressed by the wide variety of topics.
I was delighted to share my Tearing at the Fabric of Racism post with them and have enjoyed reading many of their posts since then. I hope some of you decide to check out their project. And while you are at it, consider submitting one of your own life stories!
Thank you Nick and Ashlee for providing such an important service to the world.