[The Story] On Saying Farewell

To open one door, you must usually close another door. We often want to cheat the system and keep both doors open as long as possible, maybe because we can’t fully accept choosing one path, but what does that accomplish but ensure we can’t pass through either door? John and Trishna conclude their week-long vacation visiting family in Sindia before starting the College Arc of “The Story” not wanting to pass through those “farewell” doors.

Spoilers?: Minor (psychology of characters)

Acceptance is a powerful tool.

To accept an event as it is means we are one step closer to addressing it. Leaving family members we flew out to visit, with a slight possibility of never seeing them again, is something that we don’t often want to accept. We want to stay in that moment of being there for as long as we can. It’s a sort of escapism from our normal routines. We wake up, go to work, come home, relax, and sleep. By taking time off to go somewhere else, we become different people – both there, and after we return – that have gained new perspectives, new understandings, and we want that development to continue.

How will John and Trishna handle these sorts of changes?

On the broadest scales possible, it’s difficult to say, because how they’ll act when they’re starting off in the Adolescence Arc in their early to middle teenage years will be different than as they progress through the College Arc and proceed from there. I don’t fully know these characters and other than vague understandings that they’ll graduate college in some capacity, I don’t yet know their future. It’s not to say that a fully itemized list of their character traits will help me understand them better. It’s more just they need to be thrown into multiple “real-world” situations.

It’s the whole school smart versus street smart approach.

We can know the theory of accepting farewells all day long, but when we encounter situations where we must say our farewells and goodbyes, either for a year or more, or perhaps forever, how do we handle that? John’s context during this chapter of his life might make him feel almost overly attached, I would guess. Trishna’s extended family are among the first people to not only accept him as he is, but, welcome him into their homes. He’s not used to that, so to return back to Eville where he’s used to animosity might be harder to face than for Trishna. She’ll be sad, of course.

But also, she’ll look forward to going back home.

She’ll probably miss her goofball retired service dog Pollyanna, the comforts of being back on the family farm, and the excitement of starting a new chapter with college.

Both will have grown through their family vacation.

It’s through stepping through doors like these and not remaining in our familiar comforts that we can grow and develop.

Let’s say farewell to yesterday’s shortcomings.

Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: The conclusion to my recent family vacation. While writing this, my rotating wallpaper gallery displayed this screenshot and it was a nice boost of melancholy inspiration.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Picture: Generic photo to save time.
Written On: October 17th [30 minutes]
Last Edited: No additional edits.
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