I learned most of my morals from the heroes and heroines I read about in stories. I learned about history from stories. I enjoyed romance and adventure from stories. And I learned that real life is the best story. The memories and the way I remember and reclaim them provide endless entertainment. The older I get the more urgent it is that I understand the things that have happened to me.
To shape them into fictional stories is fun. I get to analyze the characters and reshape the events to suit my fancy. Sometimes I get to put a different end to a story or a different beginning.
Some of the stories stay in my file cabinet as history. They become part of the family legacy I enjoy writing or telling, and grandchildren benefit from them, too. Some of those stories are guesswork--I may put my own interpretation on the reason for a move or why a couple got married. Sometimes what was happening in politics or medicine or weather is significant. Was there an epidemic? Did a new frontier become available for the pioneer? Was there a drought?
Stories are everywhere. Some are true and some are fiction, but they all carry an element of experience and mystery. Try out your stories. Tell them, and write them, and enjoy them. Enrich your life with stories from your life.