I’ve placed the last punctuation mark. The editing is done and after refining as much as reasonably possible, I acquiesce to the reality that the story is over, there’s nothing left to be told. The cover is done and just the finishing touches remain before delivering this baby to the world.
I like the idea of wrapping up a book, a poem, and knowing that the piece is complete. It’s a sense of accomplishment and closure to be able to say, “It’s done.” That work of art, created with energy and time is done, but it only represents a fragment of time, mere moments and chapters of a larger story.
Our stories are much different. I look back on my life and there are many stories, some short, some stand-alone novels, some multi-part series. In between are poems and prose that fill in the gaps between books of our lives. Just as a writer develops a story as they become more intimate with the characters, we develop our lives as we become more intimate with ourselves. We cheer on the protagonist who has an important self-realization three-fourths into the story. We knew it had to come and were waiting to celebrate their personal growth.
In our stories we don’t have just one awakening. We don’t have just one moment of self-realization. Instead these come at us in big and small ways as we progress through the plot of our life story. And like a reader, we don’t necessarily know the full plot, where there will be plot twists, new characters introduced or when and how the story will end.
And this is okay. It’s what makes stories exciting. You are the main character of the most important story you will ever get to experience. What would you tell the main character in one of your favorite books? What would you yell to the screen because you can see what’s coming? Can you take your own advice for your life?
What are you going to do next in your story?