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What is Your Story?

Firangiz Ganbarli
CoE student, currently learning Python 🐍
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Everyone has their life story, what makes them unique. Recently, I read the book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller . It is one of my favorite books I have read so far. It talks about the lessons the author learned about life and stories while him and filmmakers were preparing to make a movie about his life.

I do think I am too young to have a nice story of my own (or maybe that is just an excuse) but I have thought about how to craft my own story. One of the things that was stressed in the book was how most of us are sitting around and expecting life to happen to us.

For your life to have a good story (a story people would watch or read about), you should have a really big challenge that makes the people doubt whether you can make it.

It wasn’t necessary to win for the story to be great, it was only necessary to sacrifice everything.

So, what have you sacrificed, what challenges have you taken for your story to be better?

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄

Why is it better to have an heroic life than a quiet, happy life?

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Firangiz Ganbarli Author

It isn’t always. Quiet and calm life is better for the most part, but for a good story, challenges are required or it would get boring. Life and story are not interchangeable. While quiet life may be amazing, people do not sit and watch through a movie about a quiet life for two hours, even though that’s what most of us live through.

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DarkWiiPlayer

While quiet life may be amazing, people do not sit and watch through a movie about a quiet life for two hours, even though that’s what most of us live through.

My dude, have you ever come across the "Slice of life" genre? People literally spend hours upon hours to watch anime girls do absolutely nothing all day.

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Firangiz Ganbarli Author

Okay, I have no idea what that is, and I am going to research now πŸ‘€

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Mario Golik

I think a compromise is a good solution, the middle way. It is probably one of the biggest and most difficult challenges for a human being.

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Matt Curcio • Edited

Definition of heroic;

  • relating to courageous people or the mythological or legendary figures
  • exhibiting or marked by courage and daring
  • noble or self-sacrificing
  • impressive size, power, extent, or effect
  • an act that is likely only to be undertaken to save a life

It's clear that no one here is a mythical figure, but shouldn't we all strive to demonstate/display aspects of heroism in our lives? For example,

  • Shouldn't we be courageous standing up for what is ethically or morally correct?
  • Is self-sacrifice something we do on a daily basis?
  • Don't we all have power to effect change? Is that change for good? Obviously, some acts are more impressive than others?
  • Finally, shouldn't we all strive to save a life or at least protect lives?

Isn't that why we study the ancient heroes. I think Firangiz is on to something.

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DarkWiiPlayer

Isn't that why we study the ancient heroes. I think Firangiz is on to something.

Claiming that ancient heroes had saving and protecting lives as one of their main goal seems like quite a big stretch. Gilgamesh quickly comes to mind, who eagerly set out to slay the beast Humbaba, I kid you not, for the loot and the XP.

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Firangiz Ganbarli Author

Great insight, it does not mean that a life without aspects of heroism is a worthless one, but if we can improve it why not? Thanks for your analysis and thoughts on the topic!

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Matt Curcio

I thought this was a great topic not discussed enough. Too often I live my life not thinking about others. I get caught up Not considering friends' viewpoints. Who doesn't? On the contrary, the times I am proud of is when I have helped others.

I volunteered to visit elderly shut-ins for a while? I got to know a man I never would have even met in my regular daily travels. I spent most of my time listening to him talk about life in California during the war as he worked in the Kaiser 'Liberty' shipyards. He rode the ferry daily across the bay from SF to Alameda. He talked about the lively black portions of SF which were torn down in the 1970's when the hi-ways cut the city into sections. It was pretty cool to say the least.

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DarkWiiPlayer

For your life to have a good story (a story people would watch or read about)

Fuck no, my life is nice as it is: Quiet and uneventful. If I want to slay dragons, I just boot up a video game, with it's powerups, quicksaves and, when I've had enough excitement, an exit button.

The thing with challenges that people doubt you can overcome is: There's probably a reason for their doubt. In other words, there's probably a good chance you won't overcome them. And the people who don't rarely end up writing books about it.