When I learned about D.A.R.P.A.'s study: Brain on Story, I realized that the implications for self-growth and discovery could be huge. Even ground-breaking for some. Think about it: You're whole life is told to yourself as a story. If that's true, then the study indicates that you have deliberately left out pertinent details of events in order to have the story make sense to you. That's the crux of storytelling. You retell what happened to you in real life but you leave out details so that it fits your storyline. That's called the Make-Sense Protocol.
Now think about it in terms of growing as a person. If you want to change your perception in life then you need to change the story you've told yourself. In order to do that, you need to revisit the information you threw out. Life, also, gives you new information which in turn will change your narrative. What you have to make sure is that you change in a positive and healthy way. That means you're getting your needs met and bringing more of yourself in the world in a way at peace with your surroundings.
Growing as a person means changing the narrative and changing the narrative means letting new information in so that you can be more of who you are in the world. Now tell me, is exploring storytelling an important item on your list? It should! Also, get reading or viewing, it could change your life for the better!