It’s the smallest gestures that usually mean the most. Attention to detail over a certain amount of effort, determination to do something correctly, or noticing something that might have seemed easy but actually wasn’t, even if over-applied can feel nice. Along with the way they’re brought up; with kindness and a smile. In “The Story,” most of the periphery characters may act like this, but I think John and Trishna will be the most attentive.
Spoilers?: Minor (character-building through observations)
They did, after all, memorize large parts of each other’s personalities.
On countless evenings, they’d chat about how their days went, going through the intricacies, and really figuring out what they could both do to address their stresses, all with the goal of helping each other out. When there would be no stress to address, they might focus on their goals and long-term aspirations. Trishna to college. John outta Lanada. Both looking to a brighter future and wondering how they could get there, both willing to do what they needed to make it happen.
That Adolescence Arc is really something.
The more I dig into it, the more riveting it becomes, in a way. The arc’s end goal is clearly established, thanks to years of photos of these minifigs and my overall design for “The Story,” so one would think it’d be fairly straightforward, right? I got into that sort of thinking without stopping to think of what kind of value telling those stories could provide to people in high school or those looking back. Sure, high school was a great time for some, but how about for us outcasts and misfits?
Shouldn’t the Adolescence Arc help to address that?
By pointing out the minute details, which otherwise would get lost in the shuffle, we can start to identify and diagnose issues that could manifest later in everything from minor trust issues to major psychological social issues. Many of these situations are through no fault of the bully or the victim, yet we choose to allow these scenarios to define us well into our 20s, 30s, and 60s.
If we want to stop these patterns, we must first identify them.
John doesn’t get any support systems within his high school, unfortunately. Nor does Trishna. The teachers might see some of it, but most of it is hidden underneath the surface. How can teachers and school administration do something about invisible problems? In raking John and Trishna through the psychological coals of a less-than-ideal childhood, we all can see how it was like, and more importantly, in seeing those esoteric details, we can start to predict when kids in schools are being bullied and help them out of rough situations. I know in my school, it would have been nice to have someone stick up for me within the school system.
But could I tell “The Story” if I had?
I had those probing details burned into my psyche and deteriorate my social abilities for years, even to this day, where I have to force myself to get out there to enjoy social interaction, and for the most part – as formality. Maybe there can be fewer people like me, or fewer characters like John and Trishna, by telling the Adolescence Arc of “The Story?”
If so, would the pain just refocus somewhere else?
If it’s something I can do to contribute to the overall well-being of people, then so be it, because, through their mutual hardships, John and Trishna do gain a valuable kinship with each other. Not only do they have each other’s back, they know they do, and they know there won’t be any betrayals. They endured the hardest years of their lives in part through helping each other. How would some little spat later on in their lives compare? Not all that much!
It’s in those little details that I think “The Story” will shine.
You can change a sentence’s entire meaning with just one word. That power extends out beyond any story just as easily: resilience.
|Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.|
|Inspirations: Exploring the backgrounds of John and Trishna in this somewhat haphazard essay, I dug into the roots of their characters and maybe one of the motivational points behind “The Story.” We live in a world full of stigmas against innocent things. The more we reveal about ourselves to trusted others, and the more we trust others, sure, sometimes we will be hurt, but overall, we will learn and we will grow. Without this, we are stagnant.|
|Related: Essays building “The Story.”|
|Photo: Generic photo to save time.|
|Written On: August 20th [30 minutes]|
|Last Edited: October 10th [5 minutes]|