Okay, so there are plenty of scientific answers for what life is. Beating heart. Brain activity. The little things that keep people who look dead from being buried alive. Seriously, it’s freaky. There’s a reason they put bells over graves long ago, so if someone happened to wake up they could pull it. Ever wonder where the term ‘saved by the bell’ came from?
Now you know.
At least, that’s my favorite version of where the term came from.
Historical accuracy aside, I’m not actually here to talk about the breathing aspect of living. The mental, physiological aspect is far more interesting.
Such as… what is life really? What does it compare too?
I view my life as a great war, with temptations and doubts and fears to face while comrades fight at my side. There is good and there is bad. There are periods of peace, yes, but they are lulls only. There’s always another enemy; another fight. And, in the end, there will be victory and lasting peace.
Until then, I’m a warrior of sorts, battling my way through life.
The problem is that not everyone views life this way.
I’ll be chatting with friends and talking to them about ‘winning’ and ‘fighting’ and they’re like ‘um, Hope. Life isn’t a war.’
*cue me staring in shock for several hours, reevaluating life and wondering how I can communicate with this… thing who views life so different from me* By the time I figure it out, they’ve long given up on me and are on to other topics.
In all honesty though, everyone does view life in different manners. Perhaps it’s a riddle; a mist one is walking through that will be laid out in a perfect pattern once you reach the end. Maybe it’s a journey with mountains and valley’s, forests and deserts. Maybe it’s a great game that means nothing and everyone is only a piece on someone else’s board (okay, so that’s a point of view for a villain or someone with a positive arc. Or negative arc. Don’t think that, please).
Maybe life is a quest. A duty. An exciting ride. A tapestry. A maze.
To be quite frank with you all, I’m 87% sure I wrote an article about this months back concerning characters and how to use this to help deepen and figure them out. But writing aside, it’s a helpful aspect to getting through life.
Least, it’s an interesting fact when trying to figure yourself out.
Or… it’s cool anyway. Don’t try to deny it.
Because once you know how you view life, you’re then able to project that forward and use it as a mental tool while going through struggles. View life as a battle? Buckle on your armor, grab your sword, and attack that doubt or trial with every bit of logic and faith you have. View life as a riddle? Don’t worry about every detail because you know you’ll discover the answer eventually. Instead, focus on what you can do here and now. View life as a journey? Keep your end in focus and make sure each path leads in that direction.
Because the end will be glorious, be it victory or an answer or a home. And if you know your method of viewing and dealing with life, you are that much better to throw yourself into and win.
I mean get to whatever that final… end is.
What do you view life as? (Also, does anyone remember if I actually did write an article about character development on this, because I don’t and now it’s bugging me).