[The Story] Evaluating Escapist Exercises

I don’t know how much of the introduction to “The Story” will start before John [left] and Trishna [right] meet. It’s an important period, to be sure, rife with rudimentary situations where they both have to learn to tolerate reality. As much as they may want to hide from their situations, bullies, and presents, their adolescences, like our own, is where we form our abilities to evaluate when to fight, flight, or delight in escapism.

Spoilers?: Minor (backstory)

Trishna’s parents encouraged her to fight back.

Mainly through standing up for herself against bullies, but if she has to fight, then she was taught to fight for the right thing. Otherwise, her parents and siblings taught her, through constantly checking in and encouraging positive progress in negative situations, to address stresses before they became overwhelming.

This means she usually takes action quickly.

Combining her willingness to address her stresses, fierce independence, and inflexibility toward intolerance might lead to some rough situations, especially before meeting John and going to college. Their college years is where they will both learn about themselves (their good and bad traits) and how to handle everyone or anything else.

John has a similar trajectory.

His path is forged mainly independently of any solid authority figures, so there is room to explore how important nurture, nature, or natural selection are in determining whether or not someone can succeed at being autonomous while retaining some of the group norms that enable us to exist and collaborate within societies and other environments.

Can someone constantly ready to escape learn to relax?

This is the more unfortunate aspect of their adolescences. For both, they would more often have classmates bully them than treat them nicely. No matter how hard they tried, no matter how many conversations Trishna would have with her parents and no matter how much John would study, there would be no permanent solace. Just temporary respite.

Would this lead to escapist tendencies?

Perhaps until they started chatting online. Within their years of conversations about their lives, they would find someone that, for once, truly understood what they were going through, and perhaps could collaboratively figure out ways to address their stresses. There wouldn’t be obstruction due to lack of context over their shared situation.

They might both learn how to confront rather than forget.

Initially, I thought of skipping over this part, but really this can be helpful material. I’ve enjoyed writing about broad hypotheticals as ways to consider positive approaches to negative situations. I do respect those essays and did enjoy writing and learning from them. It’s just there’s a lack of context missing. They were just random ideas.

I can apply most of those ideas to “The Story.”

Like the Sammohini Arc, I’ll use that era of their lives as further fiction practice. That Adolescence Arc will probably be my final rough draft before writing “The Story.” Once I’m ready to write it, I’ll begin “The Story.”

There are still hundreds of these updates to go…

Quotes: None
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: None
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Photo: Some items of childhood nostalgia.
Written On: June 11th [45 minutes], 24th
Last Edited: June 24th
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.