This quote has been floating around my head for the last month and since I have been tragically bad at writing a blog post lately I thought I would discuss the idea of chapters in one’s life and the stories we create.
“I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s ok: we’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know, it was the best”
The moral behind this quote -for me- is that after we have gone from this world or from someone’s life that is all that remains of us; a story. We are no longer there, no more memories to make, but we are kept alive by our story. Of course it diminishes over time but its essence remains; a story in a sentence.
The story could be memories of times spent together, of the good deeds that the person left in his or her’s wake or simply how that person impacted on your own life. The story doesn’t always have to be a good one and is usually dictated by how the story ends, the last lines rewrite everything.
We all leave behind a legacy to the people left in our void; we shape those before us and they in-turn shape us for what lies ahead for better or for worse. Whether we are a part of someone’s life for a lifetime or a fleeting moment we create these stories, chapters spread across your timeline.
Whenever there is a major tragedy, like the 7/7 London bombings, the news always gives a short obituary about how the people who have died lived their lives and what they leave behind. That for me makes me contemplate how I would be summed up, what stories I would leave behind, either for one other person or for a television audience.
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
At the same time, away from the morbidity, this way of thinking offers us hope. That despite one chapter of your life ending, a new one always starts until the story ends. The next chapter could be longer or shorter than the last, it could have more twists and turns, more ups and downs but at it’s heart it is new and new is always better.
I have been lucky to have had the most amazing life so far and I know better than most that every new story is a new life touched. I no longer get sad at the ending of one chapter because I look forward to creating the next; freedom from fate is how we are defined.
Reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” – Sandman (Neil “Literary God” Gaiman