A life worth writing about
IMAGINE if you were able to write the story to your own life. Suppose you had the power to decide your own destiny and could determine what happens to yourself, the main character, what would you possibly write? You could be anything or anyone you’ve always wanted. You could situate yourself any where in the world. You could be with your one true love and you could have the endings you’ve always dreamt about.
I wish I were the author to my own life, I wish I held the pen used to transcribe thoughts onto paper and wrote out a story that would be perfect from start to finish. I would be able to rewrite my history and write out my future and the kind of endings I have ever wanted; then live them as they unfold before me. I wish I could decide on how my life was to play out from beginning to end; I would choose the characters I want involved, decide what kind of obstacles and conflicts I should face, choose where the scenes should take place and ultimately, control everything that happens in the story.
My characters would have their own personality, their own perks and flaws. They would all have some sort of relationship with the main character and their own significant roles as family members, friends and or lovers. As with every character in every single book that was ever written, these characters would all have their own motives; their own reason for why they are, the way they are and how they came to be that way. I could choose who I love and what our relationship would be like. He would be everything I’ve ever dreamt about in a guy, funny, witty, smart, romantic, hardworking, handsome and endearing. And we would have a kind of love that prevails through the toughest of times.
I know every story needs conflict, some sort of event or situation to make the story compelling and worth reading. It will need a peak or something that will evoke the reader’s emotions; a dilemma the main character experiences that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats, wanting to know what happens next. Perhaps a tragedy to overcome, heartbreak, loss, rejection or maybe a “bad guy” gets involved. I would be able to decide the gravity of the situation and how it affects me and the people involved.
I could be any where in the world, describe the settings where I want certain events to take place. Maybe in a big city filled with tall buildings, hotels and bright lights, or in a small suburban town where I could see the stars every night when I look up at the midnight sky. There would be no limits and I could go anywhere my imagination takes me.
But of course, there is no such thing. No one is the author to his or her own life.
If we all had the power to write out our own story from beginning to end, life would be a stroll in the park.
However, if you really think about it, we are co-authors to our own life.
Although we do no have the upper hand and ultimate power to determine every single detail of our own lives, we still do have control to a large extent. We can shape our own destiny. We can decide how to face a certain problem or conflict we’re facing. We can choose how to live our lives.
We can’t always choose who comes into our life but we do have a choice with who we want to keep.
We can’t always choose who we fall in love with but we can choose how we should be treated and what we truly deserve.
We can’t always choose where we’re from but we can choose where we belong.
We can’t choose the problems in our life but we can choose how to solve them.
We didn’t choose how we look when we were born but we have a choice to accept the way we are and we can shape ourselves to however we wish.
We are the main characters in our own life and we are also the co-authors too.
We have the power to choose to be whoever we want to be.
You can be a hero, a saviour, the damsel in the distress, knight in shining amour, villain, millionaire or inspirational figure. You can choose who you want to be with the right mindset, goals and persistence to chase your dreams (as cliché as that sounds). Alone, you can choose to be person who gives up or the one who fought triumphantly when faced with obstacles and conflict.
We are in control of our own life and although we don’t always have full control, we do have a choice on how our own story can be written. When one chapter of our life ends, another always begins. Since we cannot write how our life turns out to be, the least we can do is think: ‘if my life were to be written into a book, would I read it?’
We have choice to live a life worth writing about.