In a recent conversation with another positive Community member, we were talking about sharing stories of coming out and how things are as they transitioned into the so-called positive life. It struck me how some people equate showing their faces as a sign of Courage. Yes, I agree that it takes a lot of courage to show one’s face in a TV interview.
Let me say however that there is courage– great courage In the mere sharing of one’s story. I recall how in a series of interviews for a UNDP project, how 48 men living with HIV dug deep inside to share their stories from childhood to their growing up years to how they may have been infected, how they survived, how they fought and how they are now.
Talking about how HIV changed them was so much pain for some of the interviewees, talking about their past brought them so much pain and talking about that day when they were diagnosed brought back excruciatingly painful memories for a lot of the men I talked to.
Yes, to me, it took a lot of Courage for a lot of these men to come and meet me and talk about what may be the most painful thing in their lives.
To all the men and women out there who shared their stories without having shown their faces, for me you have shown so much courage and you have my respect.
Stories can inspire others.
Stories can teach others.
Stories can heal others.
Keep on sharing yours, we may not see your faces but you do not know how much good I can actually do for others.
Lastly, Let me share this nice quote I got from the net a few days ago: