A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Once Upon a Time #atozchallenge
Dan Fogelberg "Once Upon A Time" (1977)
Once Upon a Time
Life is filled with stories. We could think of them as chapters of a bigger story--the story of our life--but often these chapters, these smaller stories within the big story, seem disconnected. What about your past? Pick an age and then think of a time ten or twenty years later. Or maybe even more if you're closer to my age. Me at ten years old let me introduce yourself to me when I had children who were ten years old. Or even later when I had grandchildren who were ten years old. The cycle of stories continues to be told.
When I look into my past I can pick out some incident that can be packaged neatly into a story. I don't need to do much character development or to relate any backstory. The story at hand stands alone seemingly unrelated to anything that came before or happened afterwards. The story is simply something that happened--a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Each day is lived as a series of stories with some connected and others just random things that are tossed haphazardly in the mix. The story today might essentially be the same as yesterday's story and tomorrow's story. The routine of life often passes by unextraordinary. Those stories can be elaborated upon but there is that sameness to them that could be seen as boring. Then one day that out of the ordinary thing happens to make a story more worth telling to others. A lot depends on our perception of daily events and the ways we can put greater significance to those events.
Once upon a time I was a kid and had a relatively normal kid's life. Later I was an aimless young man sometimes lonely and confused. Once upon a time I met a young woman whom I married and with whom I had a child. There was a divorce, then another marriage with more children, then another divorce, and then another marriage. Each story had a beginning and an end of sorts.
The story in which I live now is a very different story than I was living ten years ago and that story was very different than the story ten years before that one and ten years before that one. Stories. A lifetime of stories. Like a television series where each week there's a new episode with something new happening. The characters may stay the same, but the story is different than the one that came before.
My life is filled with once-upon-a-times. I don't know how many more there will be or how the bigger story will end. I'm just happy that there are stories because where there are stories like I have, there has been a life.
Do you mostly think of your life as one big connected story or a series of smaller stories? Have you changed much over the years? When you were younger did you imagine that you would be where you are now?