How much do I want to accomplish with “The Story?” If it is a complete commentary on reality, the glitter and grime, then how much of that can be expressed from living in one spot? Within those comforts, you can develop your skills and perceptions, but to truly know the world, you must encounter it. Trishna’s family visit their relatives in “India” or “Ireland” annually. The year John arrives, their plans to flying to “India.”
Spoilers?: Minor (worldbuilding and self-improvement)
I haven’t been to either country yet.
After realizing Trishna’s ancestry, Indian father Divit and Irish mother Brigit, they were really just placeholder ideas. Over the last six months, the ideas have continued making sense, and now it’s a matter of realizing the potential for what could be of this life writing “The Story.”
Why not travel to India, Ireland, or anywhere?
Comfort. It’s easy accepting sub-optimal conditions when advancing is rife with conflict, controversial and confidence-challenging communication. Why gamble on great when you’ve got good enough? Because when I look at my life, I see all the opportunities available to me if I were to just try harder and work smarter.
This traveling seed appeared recently…
While corny, my wanderlust spirit started with this lyric: “my girl, she wanna see Rome.” I’d listen to “Can’t Hold Us” occasionally before work and really think about how, at my current trajectory, I’ll never actually achieve that goal, short of a pre-budgeted trip taken 6 months out.
I hadn’t really been attached to Rome.
More of the idea that in order to have more ambitious dreams, I have to do more ambitious things, so eventually that all rolled into “The Story.” And why not? Maybe not just India or Ireland, but why settle for that which is ordinary but only to someday dream for the extraordinary?
“The Story,” then, will take me there.
If so, India will certainly be renamed, just like Seattle to Eville and Spokane to Lanada. The thing is, these are rough plans for the next five years, rather than just some random whim to indulge. How this relates to “The Story,” then, is this: Trishna’s family has yearly travel plans.
John gets to join them on their trip.
It’ll be an adventure for John, not having traveled much, let alone on a plane to a different country. It will be an opportunity for him to really get outside his comfort zone, meet new people, and see more of the world than just what’s been given to him… sounds kinda familiar?
And yet there are storytelling differences.
That’s where more years of writing practice, life experiencing in the Seattle area, and just applying myself more every day will help, because if “The Story” is a comment on life, then I must more fully experience life than I have in years past. There is something to be said for rest and recuperation. That, like anything else, should be done in moderation to avoid mediocrity.
At least, that’s the current ten-year plan.
|Quotes: Macklemore lyric.|
|Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.|
|Inspirations: Looking at my life over the course of the next ten years and realizing that if I don’t make major changes, I won’t have many more opportunities than I did ten years ago. Professionally, I am in the same field, just with more years of experience. The pay is within $3. Also, I’m bored by repetition and constantly seek new experiences.|
|Related: Essays building “The Story.”|
|Photo: Nothing elaborate. Just the Nanoblocks Red Baron set with the iconography covered for flavor imagery.|
|Written On: July 18th [1 hour]|
|Last Edited: August 12th [15 minutes]|