Punctuating brave, loving, and violent moments somewhere in “The Story” is a quiet scene that’s lingered in my head for years. John (driving) and Trishna are driving along and nothing exciting happens. No car accident or argument. Just a close couple going toward their mutual goal. In this week’s brainstorming update, let’s cover some of how they’ll arrive at their motivation, because while you can have any goal you want, it’s all about getting there.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (background character development)
Trishna’s Driving Practice
Trishna learns to drive on the family farm as soon as she can. She struggles through learning on an old stick-shift truck that’s used primarily within the property for moving the sort of agriculture the Lanchesters sell. She may operate some of the heavier equipment they own out of necessity. She gets her driver’s license early on, and is a careful driver and excellent at parking, though she prefers to ride along instead of driving.
John’s Driving Practice
John isn’t presented an opportunity to drive until he arrives at the Lanchester Farm after The Scene. During the summer months between Trishna’s final year of high school and their first year of college, John learns to drive, and gets his driver’s license. He struggles more than Trishna with the old stick-shift truck available for driving practice, though eventually becoming proficient. They’ll get an automatic car for driving to the city of Eville and back.
Trishna’s Motivation Practice
Trishna wants the idyllic life. She wasn’t forced into a strict career trajectory. Instead, her parents helped her to figure out that she wanted to do in life: creative and important work. While instilling the values of discipline and work ethic that her siblings received, her parents also encouraged her creative and social expression to help her toward her specific goals. She practiced studying diligently today so she could achieve what she will want tomorrow.
John’s Motivation Practice
Before receiving mentoring from Mr. Ebersole and chatting with Trishna, all John wanted was an easy life. Trishna encouraged him to be the best version of himself that he could be, (and likewise,) so John realized he wants the same idyllic life, and not just himself: he wants to help others. Trishna’s parents help by instilling in him the same values they taught their children, along with teaching him ways to help himself and others.
Their Mutual Practice
While Trishna and John enjoy the occasional quiet evening not particularly practicing anything goal-oriented, like reading, playing videogames, and et cetera, over half of their time might be spent working on studying or projects that can help drive them toward their goals. They probably won’t achieve success easily. I don’t know whether they’ll be successful in all of their endeavours. I just know that building them up weekly has been useful discipline and writing practice.
Practice Toward Motivation
One daily alarm reminds me: “All effort toward The Story.” After finding your “The Story,” you’ll find figure out how to practice achieving that dream.