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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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Given 2014-03-21
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 GrimFace242 )
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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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love 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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