Stories in ourselves

Sometimes, as a writer, I feel like my life is more like a book.

I can picture the chapters ending with cliffhangers like the divorce. Or what I was gonna do when I was first offered drugs in high school.

But sometimes my life is too anti-climatic for that. Like when I got offered drugs, I looked at the person as if she was crazy. The boy beside me – who did the drugs as well – said no for me because I’m too “innocent.” We went through the rest of class like it was nothing.

Stories are inside of us all though. Not one story, but many. There’s the story of me with the beauties and difficulties of marching band. There’s the story of me overcoming the damages my childhood left me. There’s the story of me learning how different the world is from what I thought when I got to college.

Everyone has these stories inside of them, but not everyone can write them out. That’s when writers come into play. We write everyone’s lives – our lives – in stories. We translate life onto a page for others to read and transcend.

4 thoughts on “Stories in ourselves

  1. Another post that rings truly to me!

    That aside though, two thoughts: first, have you ever heard of Alasdair MacIntyre and his narrative theory? I’m not capable of condensing everything he said–not right now and not in a comment, anyway–but one of the best takeaways is how our lives ARE lived narratives, which is why stories have always been something humans have sought. He talks about being co-authors–how our stories play a part in that of others, but we are our own heroes, and others theirs; and we are more or less major or minor characters in each others’ stories. And he talks about the power of a purpose to the story–just like a plot has direction, a life searches for one too. More or less.

    The other thought: You may think your life is anti-climatic, but… who’s to say that the moment of staring and not taking the offer isn’t something others can’t relate to, or isn’t material for something thought-provoking?

    This was probably too much blabbing, oops. But thank you for this post!

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    1. I’m glad you liked my post! Also, there’s no such thing as “too much blabbing” when it’s on a great topic. : P I always love long comments.

      For the first thought: I haven’t heard of Alasdair MacIntyre. That does remind me of a book called “The Storytelling Animal” by Jonathan Gottschall though. Have you heard of that one before? It mentions how humans developed from the power of stories and how the stories of our lives have taken us far.

      On your other thought: That is true. We all do have those moments in our lives. Those are thought provoking moments to say the least.

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