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I believe in words. I believe in voices, the unique cries of human beings as they pour their soul out into the sky. But most of all, I believe in stories.

Stories, be they written or spoken or painted onto the walls of caves, reaffirm our humanity. They give us back our own heartbeat, that dull pulse of blood, but more than that they give us our minds. They let us reach back and see where we’ve been, what we felt, what we believed. They form a mirror, let us see who we are, who we were.

And I believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. But more and more I’m seeing that only some stories get told. You have books for children fully admitting that people have different bodies…but where is the admission of different minds? Why do no main characters have mental illness, or attention deficit, autism or dyslexia? Where are the movies about synesthetes, those with OCD, those battling depression?

This is not just a problem of children’s literature, it extends across all literature, all media. That crucial world of our inner landscapes, if deemed inferior, atypical, is all too often silenced. And this silence rings loud in the ears of those individuals who find their stories untold. It tells them that their unique set of experiences, the entire world they gather in their hands and eyes and ears, is nothing worthy of hearing or seeing. It prolongs the silence and the suffering of those who battle with their own struggles with no ear or eye to turn to, forcing them back into the shadows and robbing them of their dignity.

But we all have minds and we all live out our own stories. We all have voices worthy of being heard. It is time we start letting them be told.
This is my submission for the 120 Seconds contest. 

The competition can be found over at DrippingWords 's account in her journal and at burdenedhearts.deviantart.com.

Audio recording at vocaroo.com/i/s14vOnAPOngL
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The Danger of Untold Stories by Synesthi is a perfect meeting of prose and poetic language brought to life through a gentle yet persistent and persuasive language, giving it a moving didactic tilt. A true work of genius. Very well done. ( Suggested by 91816119 and Featured by inknalcohol )
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd read them all.
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like you're reing my mind and writing it into something that is beautiful. It's beautiful... I wish they had children's stories like the ones you describe. I'd read them.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Have you considered writing them? I'd love to read any of yours as well. :)
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have thought about it, and have even attempted a few, but I think my talent lies in poetry. It is easier for me to write poetry than to write a structured story. I will try it sometime though.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I look forward to it. :)
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thank you!
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Gremlingout Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well said.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thanks!
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you aware of how many years I've been trying to say something like this?  I have EXACTLY this problem.  I try hard to get my work and my efforts out there, but so few actually pay attention to it, and fewer still give it anything more than an "it's cool" or something simple like that.  I get the feeling that I could be great if only I could get the attention that society continuously denies me for no apparent reason.  I hope you don't mind but I'm going to save this in a word document or something.

As for main characters with mental illness, might I suggest the Micheal Vey series?  Even if you don't think it's quite what you are looking for, I guarantee it's a good read! ;)
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Sometimes I think other people can pluck thoughts out of our head. I don't mind at all.

I'll take a look!
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
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PWGraphics Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!
Well written, descriptive! =)
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thanks!
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PWGraphics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poetry means everything icon 
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TheJoyOfSketching Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the two main characters in my manga has aspergers... I do notice the lack of characters like that.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
There's a beautiful video game called "To the Moon" with a character with Aspergers. I highly recommend it.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
:hug:
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TheJoyOfSketching Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will definitely look that up!
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BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very well stated.  You touched on a very important point with, "It is time we start letting them be told."  Interpreted (by me) as, we need to start listening/caring.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
That is what I meant by that statement. We need to empower people.
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thredd Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
on the money.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thank you!
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thredd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student General Artist
yes ~
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PineRain Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe this wholeheartedly, too.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Glad to meet a like-minded person!
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
beautiful!
i have Autism too, and i would love to see people read all the stories i made, the stories i write, the stories which contain all my fantasy and magic worlds that i imagine.

those stories, they  truly tell who i am, even if they are not about me, even if its not about anything of me at all.
just like all of my characters i imagined, of all of them are pieces of me, and together, óne strong person.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Are they on dA? I'd love to take a look!
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Artist
my OC's?
yeah you can find some


but

most of them are crazy, actually...i have a weak spot for crazy XD
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Crazy can be good. Never be ashamed of the crazy.
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Artist
i love my crazy
without my crzy, i would still be on a normal shool with less friends than i now have ^^



((after the school im on now, i'll go to an art school annddddd the people there walk around in a kilt for presentations of games XD ))
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
That sounds like a lovely school. I'm loving my college myself. :)
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Artist
cool!
^^
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I have Aspergers, and I enjoy making up stories like this. Only problem is, when I go to write them down, I find the words have left me. I'd like to read children's stories that are actually realistic...Better than this "Skippy John Jones" crap, anyway.
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Artist
high five aspergers bro! (have it too!!)
well
atleast i can draw some pictures of my stories ^^
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! I have a group called Aspies-United. I can invite you, if you want. I like to draw and paint too. Can't do water color though. The colors are too watery and they get mixed together. I don't like things mixed together...XD
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Artist
thats probably because of your autism LOLLL
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graegirl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe. I have to seperate everything, including my food. It's hilarious to watch the waiters scramble to try and figure out my order sometimes when I'm eating out...Oh, Olive Garden...
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Artist
haha LOL yeah well i cant have milk and etc very often XD
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bkworm5 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Percy Jackson and Leo Valdez both have ADHD (as do a bunch of other demigods). Also, in "Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex", Atlantis Complex comes with OCD and paranoia, so we do get to see Artemis battle that.

On another note, this is a beautifully crafted message that we all should heed.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I'm familiar with those examples, and I'm incredibly grateful for them. I'd like to see more. I'd really like the stigma of mental illness to disappear. We have to talk about our mental health. We all have it. 

Thank you. 
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The-Lighted-Soul Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAAAAH!! ARTEMIS FOWL! 
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
I HAVE THE BOOKS OF ARTEMIS FOWL :iconsuperw00tplz:
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bkworm5 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
High five fellow Fowl Fan! Jumping High-Five - NaNoEmo Day 11 
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
awesome!!
but i dont have much time to read, though :(
so i haven't read much pages yet (almost none)

but of what i alreday read of it, its pretty cool

*high fives you*
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point, though I don't think non-"normal" characters are that rare, at least in the visual arts.  They just aren't very popular; you don't hear about them.  One of my least popular characters is the obese one; another mildly autistic one is popular I suspect only because she's pretty.  I also know a couple of artists who specialize in showing amputees.  Neither one is popular at all.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
It's good to hear the visual arts is making strides then. Much of media does have such a way to go, but at least we're open to talking about it!
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txteclipse Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
While I don't exactly disagree with you, there's sort of a problem with your logic. One of the mantras of writing is "write what you know." Statistically speaking, the majority of writers will not have one of the conditions you mentioned, so they won't have any first-hand experience to draw from. You can do research, interview people with that condition, and so forth, but the truth is most writers are going to be hesitant to portray such things for fear of getting it wrong. For instance, I considered writing a character with bipolar disorder. I did research, asked people with the condition, and pretty much did everything I could to get it right. In the end I was so intimidated about getting it correct that I started second-guessing every sentence I wrote about that character.

I think an alternative to asking people with no experience to write about these things would be to empower people who do have these conditions to write about them. They have a unique and important story to tell, and they can do it better than anyone else.
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Synesthi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I'd agree with you on that. I really think people with any condition should be motivated to tell their story. I realize, for instance, that people without synesthesia sometimes won't want to pretend they have synesthesia, and I appreciate this. At the same time, some will, and if they do it poorly, I don't appreciate that. There's a tremendous amount of delicacy and sensitivity that must be taken, and I'm not positive how it should be done. I'd definitely agree on the empowering point though. I hope to help, or at least try.
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