People who fail to remember the past are doomed to make the same mistakes again. You have to remember to tell the story so that you remember what it was like in the past. Successful people keep moving forward, but you better believe that they remember to tell the story. Always remember to tell the story. It holds insight into how you got to where you are today. It can also help another person understand what they are faced with right now too.
In the final scene of the movie, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” the character Savannah Nix tells the story of her tribe of people. They are a village of people who gathered to live in the ruins of the city. Savannah calls it “tellin’ the tell.”
She tells the group of people gathered near her the following:
“This you knows: the years travel fast and time after time I done the tell. But this ain’t one body’s tell; it’s the tell of us all, and you’ve got to listen it and (re)member, cause what you hears today you gotta tell the newborn tomorrow. I’s lookin behind us now, into history back. I sees those of us that got the luck and started the haul for home and I members how it led us here and how we was heartbroke cause we seen what they once was. One look and we knew’d we’d got it straight. Those what had gone before had the knowin and the doin and things beyond our reckonin, even beyond our dreamin’. Time counts and keeps countin and we knows now, findin the trick of what’s been and lost ain’t no easy ride. But that’s our track. We gotta travel it and there ain’t nobody knows where it’s gonna lead. Still, in all, every night we does the tell so that we member who we was and where we came from. But most of all we members the man who finded us, him that came the salvage, and we lights the city not just for him but for all of ’em that are still out there, cause we knows there’ll come a night when they sees the distant light and they’ll be comin’ home.”
Savannah knew the importance of remembering to tell the story so that future generations would know what transpired before now. You have to tell your story so others know what brought you to where you are today. It doesn’t matter if you came from Yale or jail. What you do going forward is more important than what is in your past. However, you do need to remember the past so that you can correct the mistakes you made previously. Your story will help other people understand and connect with you better too. Telling your story will help other people, but ultimately it will help you the most. It serves as a reminder of the road and journey you’ve been on.
Always, always remember to tell the story!