Friday, January 13, 2012
The Characters in My Life
I am a storyteller in my work. In my life, I often feel like I have no interesting stories to tell. But interesting characters are all around me. Yes, I know some real characters. Occasionally, I think about the people who have passed through my life, and I imagine how they would fit into a really great play. If my life story is the plot, what function does each person serve? What do I want from them and what have I learned from each? How do they contrast with one another? One friend's foibles may enhance another friend's virtues, or even my own. Perhaps the admirable choice of a family member prods me to examine the ethics of my routine ways. Creative inspiration is surrounding me. I can imagine someone I spent time with this week, and consider, what is that person's most conspicuous characteristic? If I was directing an actor in a play, how could I utilize this trait in an amusing way? If I wanted to explain my friend to a stranger, how would I sum up my perception of their essence? Can I step far enough outside of myself to perceive my own qualities and life story, and could I sum it up in an engaging way? And if I can't, then perhaps I need to do more meaningful work with my time.