"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
- Maya Angelou

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If you could write your younger self a letter, what would you say?

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How did your friend, parent, grandparent, etc, help you become the person that you are today?

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Have you ever travelled back to the country your ancestors are from? What did that trip teach you about yourself?

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What did you go through when you went through the hardest time in your life, and what did it teach you?

What is your passion and why? 

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What story is your artwork trying to say?

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(etc.)

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You can submit your story in writing, poetry, art, design, photography or video. For visuals, please include a few sentences of explanation with each piece. You have the option of publishing full name, first name only or anonymously if you choose.

Please just focus on the creation, not on how good it is.

If you want some tips on how to get started, spill your thoughts right onto the page and express what you have never expressed before. Do not focus so much on the details of the external factors, but on yourself and how it impacted you. 

Please keep in mind that sharing your story may influence the way other people perceive you. By sharing sensitive information, you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position and this can be confronting to some people, particularly those who do not express their vulnerability often. It may at times be uncomfortable.

Be open to the possibility that people who you may not want to hear your story will be seeing it on this site. If you choose to share your story amongst your own networks, social media or otherwise, you are must be aware of the associated risks of sharing.

Please only share what you feel comfortable with. Do not push yourself to discuss more than you are ready to. Your relationships to your stories and acceptance will transform over time, and later down the track you may want to share more.

Telling your story can be a profoundly cathartic experience, but it can also bring stuff up that you have never dealt with before in the process. This is completely normal. If you are having difficulty coping, please visit your local doctor or seek independent counseling. If you are in Australia, you can ring Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Beyond Blue.