[The Story] Characters I Dislike

“My favorite characters stand up for some kind of moral but have a willingness to work through defeat, whereas my least favorite characters are fool-hearted and don’t have cool outfits.[1]” We broadly discussed some of my favorite character traits last time. Let’s continue with this question: will there be characters I completely dislike in “The Story?” It would seem like a given that John and Trishna would have to face these sorts of characters, right?

Spoilers?: Minor (characters overcoming situations)
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[Media Meandry] Pretty Unread Bookshelf

The list of books I want to read are not only out in the open for me to view daily, they’re also aesthetically pleasing enough where it’s subtle encouragement to keep me reading through even the sloggiest of boring books. If there’s a book that I’m lacking motivation to finish, seeing the shelf of books I want to read is subtle encouragement to finish the book or stop reading it. It’s been effective so far!

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[Tripping On…] Assorted Home Remedies

Toward the end of my near-daily, three-month mindbender headache trip that became the foundation for this treatise on the American Healthcare System, I started receiving many ideas for what could have been causing my headaches that ended up being ergonomic and spinal in origin. Although I appreciated all of them, I wasn’t going to pierce my ears and buy some spices to exorcise the headache demons, even if there were days where I was close.

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[Tripping On…] White Noise Generators

For as long as I can remember, in recent memory especially, I’ve had mild tinnitus. Maybe it was caused by the Motörhead show that introduced me to live music? Maybe it was the years of listening to music with headphones? Maybe it’d always been there? I was told recently that my vocational work office has white noise generators that were installed to keep us calm. I’m not even being sarcastic or dystopian. Headache-inducing calm, perhaps?

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[Media Meandry] Smell The Oil

Over the past few years, I’ve been so focused on my writing goals that I’ve forgotten the simpler things in life, like admiring the colors in this oil in the parking lot. I know these slicks aren’t good to walk through, nor admire much, but they remind me of minor meandries. When I’m in a hurry, I forget they’re there, except to walk past them, and continue on my way toward the day’s many goals.

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[Tripping On…] Finding Yourself Sick

I can’t quite track when exactly I went from feeling fine to the start of the three-month, almost-daily mindbender headaches I was having that inspired this whole series, but through enough consideration, I probably found where I found myself sick. I found that sickness after a few stressful days without adequate self-care. It wasn’t any singular factor; it rarely is. There are reactionary sicknesses, like food poisonings, cuts, or burns, but how about for headaches?

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[Tripping On…] Physical Therapy Progress, Part 10

Over the past ten visits to physical therapy, I’ve reversed the spinal issues that were causing my headaches and learned better ways to stretch certain muscles in my neck and shoulders. Although it’s not magic and although it won’t get done on the first visit, with enough practice both with the physical therapists and at home, I was able to reclaim normalcy. It’s a good feeling rowing again. I’m getting into more advanced stretches now.

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[Media Meandry] Boring Hollywood Screenplays

I’m reading a book on screenplays that’s showing me why I have a crateful of DVDs for movies I’ve never seen that I never want to watch: they’re all boring! I’m sure there will be moments in them, and possibly entire movies, that I will enjoy, but the overall experience is closer to boredom than excitement because the rules of storytelling are all the same: setup, conflict, resolution, and don’t do anything abnormal. It’s disgusting.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Forbid Hoarding Instincts

Go to thrift stores when they open and you might find these rolling trash bins. When these larger stores have sales, like ‘green tags are 50% off this week only,’ the week after, when it’s blue-tag-week, those unsold green tag items get thrown in these bins to be destroyed. Don’t let your hoarding empathies kick in. Buy something if you need it or love it, but not just because it’s cheap or it might be destroyed.

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[Tripping On…] Registration of Anxiety

Anxiety is a useful tool, except when it overwhelms us. If there’s anything I’ve gained through these months of headaches I experienced, and am nearly three weeks away from having last experienced severely, it’s learning to overcome life’s minor anxieties. When you’re sick daily, you stop deeply caring about whether someone’s delicate opinion of how you look or feel matters. Anxiety, in this way, is a useful metric for general information but shouldn’t overwhelm you.

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