[The Story] Training Against Insecurities

“College is a time for challenging your opinions.[1]” What if those challenges include the training you’ve been inflicted either by others or by yourself over perceptions over your self-worth, values to others, or overall sense of self-confidence? In “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] are two characters facing constant adversity, but they also have a strong friendship and bond that enables them to work together. How will their opinions change after they attend college?

Spoilers?: Minor (college’s fiction/nonfiction character-building)

For one, they’ll meet more people.

Two side characters, skaters Float, and Quest, that John joins up with probably as part of a group project in one of his first-year classes. It may not be a general studies course. Maybe a college entrance class? If so, when Trishna meets the two skaters featured in “Returning Lost Wallet” for the first time, Trishna will be apprehensive at first when Float says “nice wheels.” Quest will respond with “what the hell, man?” He’ll talk about a relative in a wheelchair.

It’s a nice moment I’m brainstorming.

To further ruminate on that idea, lanky Float and muscular Quest will invite John to skateboard with them. They would have dropped all of the rude dude friends they’d hung out with in high school. So in college, since both Float and Quest are trying to turn their lives around, when they meet John in one of their entrance classes, that solidifies the sense of “turning over a new leaf.” College, after all, for high school graduates should be a time to learn about the world and make new friends.

Trishna will certainly also make new friends.

Whether it’s also at the skate parks or classmates, she’ll encounter people that will in part encourage her to think better of herself. While her parents and siblings did well in helping her feel good about the big stuff, the insecurities of life are normally in the small things. Not feeling like bothering people because you might consider yourself a nuance when really, you’re not; those kinds of social encounters that you really only overcome after you’ve talked with hundreds of people.

Or more. Practice makes not terrible.

So in “The Story,” I don’t know to how much detail I’ll go, but suffice it to say, that much of it will encounter situations where John and Trishna are pushed in their development from insecure adolescents into more mature adults, capable of accepting when they’re wrong and challenging their preconceived notions about themselves and their world views. If they feel ostracized because of social awkwardness, then “The Story” will include many examples of them overcoming that – or not.

After all, “The Story” shouldn’t be some Aesop.

Instead, these stories should represent reality fairly. How else can you tell fiction but using a believable platform? Conversely, it should also represent exaggerations that are an almost borderline parody for the sake of argument. Training exercises with a commonality, or worst case scenario preparation.

All with the intention of furthering better psychological training.

Quotes: [1] Ryan, a friend of the website, said this during a chat about college and arguing opinions.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: My own college experiences, mainly. Those years really helped get me out of my shell. I met many non-judgemental people compared to my ruthless high school classmates.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Photo: The Nanoblocks Parthenon, which isn’t a symbol of education, but the closest visual element I had for this quick photograph. Greek iconography covered since it’s not supposed to directly parallel anything in “The Story.”
Written On: July 24th [1 hour]
Last Edited: August 16th [15 minutes]
My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.