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Stories beyond the Royal Wedding

I swore I wasn’t going to add to the hype. I made a rule for myself that I wouldn’t write about the royal wedding … but rules are made to be broken, right?

People are obsessed. Since the proposal announcement, the world’s been aflutter wondering what Kate Middleton’s dress will look like (it was a gorgeous Alexander McQueen by the way), who will be on the invite list or where the couple will go for the honeymoon. Even T-Mobile developed an ad speculating the entrance of the wedding party. I’ll admit it is exciting to see all that goes into a royal wedding but part of me wonders if we’re all just looking for the fairytale. You know, when attractive Prince magically appears and rescues you from your evil stepmother, seven dwarfs or life under the sea? True, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance didn’t follow the plot of a Disney movie, but let’s be honest no one’s life does.

I can’t help but think all this build up and hype is a result of people wanting a story to follow to escape our own reality. At the core of it all Prince William and Kate Middleton are people like you and me. They eat breakfast (and sometimes forget), sleep and laugh at jokes (even bad ones). After today, they’ll go on living their “normal” royal lives and we’ll go back to looking for that next great story to get wrapped up in.

I get it, we all love a great story but I’m worried that we’re overlooking the stories right in front of us for the bigger more glamorous or dramatic ones. One of the great aspects of my job is that I not only get to read people’s stories day in and day out, but I become the storyteller by translating a collection of stories into one overarching story. The people whose stories I translate are people just like you and me and their stories aren’t any less interesting.

Sure, it’s not as glamorous as the royal wedding, but the stories of every day people help us understand each other and our varying perspectives. These stories enable us to deconstruct and reconstruct the world around us making it that much easier to understand. There aren’t princes and princesses in my reality, just people going about their everyday lives, trying to make a difference where they can and hoping someone might be paying attention to what they have to say. So the question is: are you paying attention?

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